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‘Puppy mill’ ban in effect
Golf club welcomes new GM By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Brad Shupe took the reins as general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on Nov. 1. He said it’s been exciting getting to know the members, the staff and the team, and learning about the culture of Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and the community as a whole. Before serving as the new general manager, Shupe spent the five years in Pebble Beach, working for the Northern California Golf Association — the largest regional golf association in America. This association owned two golf courses: Poppy Hills right in Pebble Beach on the 17-Mile Drive and Poppy Ridge in the Wine Country of Livermore. Shupe was the general manager of Poppy Hills Golf Course and served as president of Poppy Holdings, Inc. In 2017, Poppy Hills Golf Course was named as one of the top 100 public courses in Golf Digest, and its restaurant, Porter’s in the Forest, as the top golf course restaurant globally in 2016. Previously, Shupe was the general manager and golf director at the Mission Viejo Country Club and head golf pro at the Los Coyotes Country Club. Throughout his career, Shupe said, he has enjoyed serving the local community and he is looking forward to his work in the Covenant. “Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is a very unique property because to belong here, you have to live in the Covenant,” he said. “People who live in this area appreciate that Rancho Santa Fe is one of the most amazing places— not only to live but also as a golf destination.” Shupe said both he TURN TO GOLF CLUB ON 10
By Aaron Burgin
As Councilman Dwight Worden has described it, bluff issues are “at the core” of the Del Mar community. To many, the 1.6-mile stretch of sandstone from Torrey Pines State Beach to 15th Street is an icon of the region’s smallest city. But what remains of the bluff west of the tracks between 8th and 11th
REGION — Starting Jan. 1, pet stores in California should have a different feel. Gone should be the puppies and pets from towns in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other places where they are bred by the hundreds, sometimes in conditions that have been deemed as inhumane. In their place will be animals from rescue groups and shelters, the result of a state law that outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October 2017. Assembly Bill 485 bars pet stores from retail pet stores from selling animals from commercial kennels, which are sometimes referred to as “puppy mills.” According to the Humane Society of the United States, “puppy mills” are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities in which the health of the animals is disregarded to maintain low overhead and maximize profits. Animals born and raised in these mills and factories are more likely to have genetic disorders and lack adequate socialization, according to the staff report. Pet stores that are found to be in violation are subject to a $500 per each animal offered for sale. State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, introduced the bill in
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AN AERIAL VIEW of Coast Highway 101 near Dog Beach in Del Mar. The coastal community has a front-row seat to a growing bluff-erosion problem caused by rising seas, increased rainfall and groundwater. Photo by Marley St. John
bluff Preservation Del Mar faces creeping erosion, prompting new dialogues, stategies
By Lexy Brodt
DEL MAR — For Del Mar natives, as well as the hundreds of surfers and visitors that traverse its paths, the bluff is a treasured and unique jewel. But several recent bluff failures between August and December have put residents and officials alike on high alert. When it comes to the bluffs, Del Martians face two trying, major questions: how to deal with the continuing threat of bluff erosion, and what to do with the 100-plus-year-old
train tracks carving a nest into the cliff’s edge. ‘At the core’
Carter’s defense secretary, an RSF resident, dies at 91 City News Service
RANCHO SANTA FE — Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown, who served under President Jimmy Carter, died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, his family announced Jan. 5. Brown, a nuclear physicist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, died Jan. 4. He was 91. Carter nominated Brown to be defense secretary in 1977, and Brown served throughout the president’s
term. As defense secretary, he successfully championed increasing the Pentagon budget and led the charge to develop cutting-edge defense systems, including guided missiles, stealth aircraft and satellite surveillance. His tenure covered a period that included Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis. Previously, in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administra-
tions, Brown held the posts of director of defense research and engineering and secretary of the Air Force. Harold Brown was born in New York City on Sept. 19, 1927, and attended public schools before heading to Columbia University on an accelerated wartime schedule, receiving an undergraduate degree in physics in 1945. He also attended graduate school at Columbia, receiving a doctorate in physics by age 21.
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Base a perfect place to shoot a war flick Special to The Coast News
FACE FOUNDATION Executive Director Danae Davis, left, toasts the act of corporate giving displayed by Janet Lawless Christ of Joyworks Network and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe to help support the nonprofit organization. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Joyworks unveils weekly happy hour fundraiser By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Every Thursday at the Hunstman Bar at The Inn of Rancho Santa Fe Janet Lawless Christ, the founder of Joyworks Network, can be spotted at her weekly fundraiser to help local nonprofits. “Good Joy Hunting Happy Hour in the Hunstman,” is the place to be for friends to gather while raising funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations. “Our weekly happy hour is all about shining a spotlight on the local nonprofits doing incredible work in San Diego County,” Lawless Christ said. “We focus on the causes we care about such as helping the homeless, children, pets, urban gardens, the environment, wildfire fire victims and much more — just think about how much of an impact we can have 52 weeks out of the year.” Mixologist extraordinaire Dutch House shakes up a new “Joyworks Cocktail” every week for which The Inn donates $1 for every drink purchased. Patrons also have the opportunity to chip in a little more toward these organizations in need of financial assistance. “I love bartending. It’s what I’ve done for the last 25 years,” House said. “So, to be in this environment, and at the same time be able to help a myriad of different charities is a perfect blend.” House said his passion is to enhance the dining and social experience through bartending. The Hunstman, he said, brings people together to exchange thoughts and engage in conversation. “Good Joy Hunting Happy Hour in the Hunstman can help make us accountable by helping make somebody’s life better — there’s this nice, almost kind of serendipitous energy,” he said. While imbibing in a signature cocktail, patrons have a chance to learn more about the charity of the week and hear some live music at the Hunstman Bar.
The most recent Joyworks charity of the week was the FACE Foundation, which provides lifesaving money toward surgery for pets so that their owners do not have to consider economic euthanasia. FACE Foundation Executive Director Danae Davis described being chosen as charity recipient as touching. “We are very grateful to Janet, to Joyworks, and The Inn for this new spirit of corporate giving into the new year and being able to spread the joy and kindness to other people that are in need and through very fun ways like happy hour,” Davis said. Davis said the FACE Foundation is a local nonprofit organization and every cent counts. “Every dollar helps to make a difference in the lives of pets and families in need,” she said. “We continue to try and grow each year because the number of pets that we save each year is growing, so we have to make sure that we’re on par with how much money that we’re granting out to the community.” The upcoming Good Joy Hunting Happy Hour calendar includes the following charitable recipients: Jan. 17: Tender Loving Canines Jan. 24: Door of Faith Orphanage Jan. 31: Spot Saves Pets One At A Time Feb. 7: Homeless Garden Project Feb. 14: Breast Cancer Angels Feb. 21 Brain Tumor Foundation Feb. 28: Connect-Med International (Cleft Palate Surgery) Good Joy Hunting Happy Hour in the Hunstman Bar at The Inn of Rancho Santa Fe takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. To learn more about upcoming events, visit JoyworksNetwork.com. Charities wanting spot consideration are asked to contact Lawless Christ at (858) 335-7700.
CAMP PENDLETON — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton may be around 100 miles from Hollywood, but it has much in common with Tinseltown. Over the years more than 100 films have been filmed in San Diego. Some scenes from the popular 1986 Tom Cruise film “Top Gun” were filmed in other San Diego County cities such as Oceanside, but Camp Pendleton can claim some of its own bragging rights when it comes to Hollywood movies. The earliest movie filmed at Camp Pendleton was “War Dogs” in 1942 and the most recent was “Battle Los Angeles” in 2011, according to officials at Camp Pendleton. “We are being proactive in our efforts to reintroduce the Entertainment Media Liaison Office to the film industry since it was closed in Los Angeles and relocated to Camp Pendleton in 2016,” Master Sgt. Katesha Washington, Marine Corps Entertainment Media Liaison Office, said. “Since moving down to Camp Pendleton, the office has seen a major increase in requests from producers around the world to film at Camp Pendleton.”
Thanks to its 17 miles of coastline and wide-open spaces, Camp Pendleton has appeared in a many early Hollywood accounts of World War II battles, including: “The Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949) and “Guadalcanal Diary” (1943). When John Wayne stormed “The Sands of Iwo Jima” as the classic American soldier, he was really racing up a hill at Camp Pendleton. Considered the most popular movie about World
JOHN WAYNE in a scene from the 1949 film “Sands of Iwo Jima.” Much of the film was shot at Camp Pendleton. Courtesy photo
War II, “The Sands of Iwo Jima” gave Wayne his first Academy Award nomination. The movie’s Battle of Iwo Jima was re-staged at Camp Pendleton, according to officials. It was directed by Allan Dwan and: “Filming required the cast to go through a three-day training by a tough Marine sergeant selected by Gen. Graves Serskine. Political struggle for funding and survival inspired the Marne Corps to support the film. “The movie was an enormous success securing several Academy Awards nominations including Wayne’s for best actor. Workers built plaster palm trees, pillboxes, gun emplacements, laid thousands of feet of barbed wire. One Marine extra reported Camp Pendleton’s beach was covered with asbestos to simulate Iwo Jima’s volcanic sand. Actual newsreel war footage blended into the film’s battle scenes.”
Another popular film made at Camp Pendleton was “Heartbreak Ridge” (1986) starring Clint Eastwood. The Marines initially planned to use the movie to help promote their Toys for Tots campaign and general recruitment. However, after the screenings, both the Department of Defense and Marines withdrew support of the film for language and dissatisfaction with the way the Marines were portrayed, according to Camp Pendleton officials. Other films made at Camp Pendleton include: “Gung Ho: The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders” (1943); “Salute to the Marines” (1943); “Winged Victory” (1944); “Hills of Montezuma” (1951); “Flying Leathernecks” (1951); “Retreat Hell” (1952); “Battle Cry” (1955); “The D.I.” (1957), “The Outsider” (1961); “To The Shores of Hell” (1966); “First to Fight” (1967); “Baby Blue Marine” (1976); “MacArthur” (1977); “Mid-
way” (1976); “Rules of Engagement” (2000); and “Green Dragon” (2001). Why Pendleton?
Of all places in California one might wonder why Camp Pendleton is such a great place for filming military films other than the obvious. According to Master Sgt. Washington, Pendleton is ideal for filming due to the numerous environmental resources, Marine Corps equipment and assets. “There are many different types of weapon systems, aircraft and vehicles available to filmmakers who are interested in using these assets to inform and educate the public about the roles and missions, history, operations, and training of the United States Marine Corps,” she said. As for future films, she said there are some that are in the works for 2019 scheduled to be filmed at Camp Pendleton including documentaries and television shows.
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Opinion & Editorial
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Who might benefit when biggest utility falls apart?
I Assembly back in session By Marie Waldron
On Jan. 7, 120 California legislators assembled in the State Capitol to begin the 2019-2020 session. Almost 3,000 bills will probably be introduced over the next few weeks. Some will be controversial, though I’m hoping that many important issues that face us, regardless of party, including disaster preparedness, water infrastructure, health care, transportation, education and many more, will generate bipartisan solutions. Proposals for new legislation must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel’s office by Jan. 25 so that bill language can be drafted by Feb. 22, this year’s final in-
troduction deadline. The first stop will be the Rules Committee, which assigns bills to policy committees based on subject matter and committee jurisdiction. Bills are normally assigned to more than one committee, and must pass each committee and be approved by their full house of origin by May 31. If approved, bills then referred to the alternate house where the process begins once again. Sept. 13 will be the last day that any bill can be considered this year. The committee system often means the final floor vote is the only time members not assigned to a bill’s specific committees actually see the bill. Once approved
by both houses, bills are forwarded to the Governor, who will have until Oct. 13 to sign or veto legislation. We also have to pass a new state budget by June 15 and, as always, we’re going to be busy. As Assembly Republican Leader, I will be working closely with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon as we tackle critical issues facing our state and region. I’m looking forward to a productive New Year in Sacramento. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.
Looking ahead at county tax office By Dan McAllister
For the fifth time, I am honored and humbled that the people of San Diego County have entrusted me with the title of Treasurer-Tax Collector. My swearing-in on Jan. 7 marked the beginning of my new four-year term and presented a perfect opportunity to give you a look at where we’ve been, as well as some insight into where we are going. In the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office, we’ve accomplished much since I was first elected in 2002. At that time, my office collected $2.6 billion in property taxes, served 97 public agencies through our Treasury division, and managed a $3.2 billion county investment pool. Additionally, as Treasurer-Tax Collector, I served as a public representative on the County retirement board that managed nearly $3 billion for employees and retirees. This year, by comparison, we expect to collect $6.5 billion in taxes from nearly a million properties. We currently assist 210 public agencies in San Diego County, and last fiscal year we reached a record high of $11.6 billion in our AAA-rated investment pool, making
it the second largest pool in the state for the third year in a row! Our County retirement fund has grown as well — now totaling $13 billion. In my swearing-in statement in 2011, I indicated that we collected approximately 40 percent of all taxes electronically. Since that time, we’ve grown our electronic payment numbers to an alltime high of 60 percent. Indeed, electronic payments are here to stay, and they are becoming the preferred method for taxpayers. We also began an e-mail notification program that now reminds 331,000 subscribers of tax payment deadlines. Our annual collection rates are among the best in the state — over 99% for the past four years. All these accomplishments have been recognized with 35 different national awards and accolades from organizations that include the National Association of Counties and international financial publication Pension & Investments. Leading up to my fifth term, I initiated a strategic planning process to define what the next four years in our office would look like. We examined our operations from top to bottom to get ideas for improving all levels
of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. This process has led us to two over-arching initiatives: 1. Enhance our customers’ experience to ensure customers can access our services anytime, anywhere. 2. Enhance our employees’ experience by building a workforce aligned with our long-term goals and by creating a place where employees are accountable, engaged, and informed. In the next four years, we want to make significant strides toward reaching 100 percent of electronic payments for tax collection. We’re setting an ambitious goal to reach 75 percent by 2023. We want to foster in a new era of e-billing, where tax bills are e-mailed to our customers, making it easier for them to pay and for us to collect the taxes due. I want to express my sincere gratitude to the tremendous team in the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office and to the voters of San Diego County for their continued support. Dan McAllister is the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector
f there’s one classic line in the controversial movie “Vice,” it probably comes early in the film, when then-Vice President Dick Cheney is portrayed thinking about the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11 as “an opportunity,” rather than a tragedy. So it might be today in California, where tragedies partly of its own making afflict the state’s largest utility, whose chief executive has left the firm just when it says it will declare bankruptcy. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. faces as much as $29 billion in uninsured lawsuit liabilities from homeowners and others harmed by the massive fires of the last two years, at least some of them started by sparks from PG&E electric transmission lines. Previously, the company suffered a criminal conviction and billions of dollars’ worth of fines and negative publicity over the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno. But just as the filmic Cheney is shown realizing that in other people’s misery lies potential opportunity for him, so it can also be in real life. That’s the case right now with PG&E’s predicament. As the potential extent of the company’s responsibility emerged in recent weeks, its stock price dropped precipitately, losing more than two-thirds of its previous value. Opportunity for others has been expanded both by statements from the state Public Utilities Commission about possibly breaking up PG&E because of both proven and possible misdeeds and by the company’s own public comments. PG&E openly contemplates both
california focus thomas d. elias bankruptcy and selling off its natural gas operations. Bankruptcy probably would help no one, as fire victims likely would not be paid fully. But two major players on the California utility scene could benefit from a PG&E breakup or selloff while keeping customers supplied with the energy they need. Those are investor Warren Buffett’s Oregon-based PacifiCorp, owned by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment firm, and San Diego-based Sempra Energy, parent of both the Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. PG&E’s natural gas assets could make excellent synergy for both Buffett and Sempra, bidding rivals last year when Sempra paid more than $9 billion for 80 percent ownership of Oncor Electric Delivery Corp., the largest electric utility in Texas, serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco and other large cities. Though in expansion mode, Sempra last fall sold off 42 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage in the Deep South for $332 million, demonstrating both the company’s readiness to wheel and deal and the fact it has cash on hand. Buffett, meanwhile, has bought up electric and gas utilities in 10 Western states. His PacifiCorp already serves 45,000 customers in several Northern California counties. Berkshire Hathaway also owns the Kern River gas pipeline, a major transporter of Colorado natural
gas to California utilities. Berkshire Hathaway had no comment on reports it might be a bidder if PG&E’s gas operations, which serve 4.5 million metered customers in a large swath of California including cities like San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and Bakersfield, come up for auction. Sempra also refused comment. Its SoCalGas and SDG&E units serve 6.5 million metered gas customers across Southern California. Each meter generally serves multiple persons. For both Buffett and Sempra, then, the synergies are obvious. Sempra, for one, could gain access to vast new supplies from the natural gas fields of western Canada, from which PG&E imports much of its supply. PG&E has said its gas operations might sell for more than $9 billion, but that could prove low if there is active bidding between Sempra and Buffett and, especially, if a surprise third party should enter the auction. A complete natural gas selloff to either large company might be more efficient and cost effective for consumers than selling off PG&E’s gas operation piecemeal, as the state PUC has discussed. However this plays out, it’s clear PG&E’s self-inflicted wounds present a major opportunity for others who could make hay with almost half that company. Which might also bring some satisfaction to disgruntled PG&E customers and homeowners harmed by the huge utility’s safety problems. Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net
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RESCUE & RECOVERY Once-neglected horses now provide therapy for veterans with PTSD
By Gina Onori
ESCONDIDO — Hidden beyond dirt roads, dusted pathways and jagged valleys lies a rare herd of Polish Arabian horses who have gone from neglect to nobility. More than a decade ago, the herd was rescued from Sacramento by Cynthia and Tony Royal, who eventually brought the horses to Rancho Santa Fe. After a full recovery, the Royals founded the Pegasus Rising Project later that fall, providing equine therapy to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic brain injury. Gary Adler, a Carlsbad resident and Pegasus Rising’s president and CEO, joined the project in June 2009. “The horses were still in emaciated conditions when I got there,” Adler said. “I came on board because I was looking for a way to give back to the community. I retired early and felt I needed a purpose. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from these horses is that we’ve repurposed them.” Adler, a private attorney for 20 years in Los An-
geles, began riding horses at age 7 and developed an early appreciation for animal-human communication. Adler helped bring the healing power of horses to the Veterans Village of San Diego, which established the four-week Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy program as a part its larger rehabilitation efforts for U.S. military personnel and their families. Once a week, veterans are put through a series of progressive challenges, learning how to establish themselves as a leader through various training exercises and master basic horsemanship skills. “A lot of service members give up,” Adler said. “They think that they're incapable of loving anymore or being loved. They have moral guilt and survivors’ guilt. Because of human to human trauma there’s no trust, so how do we get them (veterans) to start trusting again? They second guess everything about their own thoughts and feelings they trust nothing around them. That is called existing … that’s not really living when
PEGASUS RISING PROJECT President Gary Adler, of Carlsbad, bonds with one of the Polish Arabian horses at Escondido Equestrian Center for Natural Horsemanship on Jan. 13. Adler is a volunteer horse caregiver, helping feed and care for the herd on a weekly basis. “Every living creature needs a purpose,” said Adler, a former attorney. Photo by Gina Onori
you don't trust anything around you.” But there is bond of empathy between the horses and veterans that allow for a unique healing. According to Adler, both horses and victims of trauma tend to be hyper-vig-
ilant, triggered by smells, sounds and sudden movements, shared characteristics that help create a natural connection. Pegasus Rising is a volunteer-based organization and currently cares for 11 horses.
“Everybody is healing at their own pace,” volunteer Mindy Carbett said. “These horses have been through some bad stuff and they (veterans and horses) really join up in that beautiful silent language of body language and expression.”
The Pegasus Rising Program is currently looking for volunteers to help out at its ranch in the Lake Wohlford area of Escondido. To learn more about volunteering, donating, or the project itself visit http://pegasusrising. org.
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World No. 17 and threetime major championship winner Jordan Spieth has committed to the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open, set for Jan. 24 to Jan. 27 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Spieth joins a field that includes 19 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings. Among those are defending champion and World No. 11 Jason Day, World No. 1 and defending FedExCup champion Justin Rose, No. 6 and San Diego native Xan-
Cara Polese, a 2018 graduate of Canyon Crest Academy and freshman history major and Noah Berkebile, of Encinitas, a freshman mechanical engineering major, have been named to the dean’s list with distinction for the fall 2018 semester at Grove City College. Polese is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Polese. Berkebile is a 2018 graduate of Del Norte High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Berkebile from
4S Ranch. Trevor Dalton of Carlsbad has been named to the University of Rhode Island dean’s list. Emily Midgley of Del Mar Heights and graduate of The Bishop's School along with Stephanie Milam of Carlsbad, a graduate of Sage Creek High School, were named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2018 fall semester. Madeline Grace Uebelhor of Encinitas graduated Dec. 20 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in packaging science. Nash Johnson from Carlsbad made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester. Coby James Roscoe of Oceanside received a Bachelor of Security Studies in in-
Susan Smith Daniels telligence and national security studies analysis, during the 2018 fall commencement exercises at Angelo State University. Carthage College has named Nicole Bowman of Carlsbad to its dean's list for academic excellence during the fall 2018 semester.
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Street — where the major recent bluff failures have occurred — is a troubling sight. Mayor Dave Druker, who has lived in the city for 32 years, said this particular, elevated section of bluff was once as wide as 30 feet, and now, “there’s a spot where it’s inches.” Although the bluffs have been a looming concern for Del Mar and other North County cities for decades, recent incidents have prompted new problems, and new dialogues. Adam Young, a researcher at the UC San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography, estimates the bluffs in Del Mar have been eroding at a long-term average rate of six inches per year, although the recent collapses see “20 years of retreat happening overnight,” Young said. Young likened the sequence of large erosions to the “aftershock of an earthquake.” “Multiple sections fell off next to each other,” he said. “When one section came off, the stress was redistributed in the cliff and that caused another area to fall off.” Young, who studies bluff erosion using remote-sensing techniques, said the primary causes of bluff erosion are the rising waves, rainfall and groundwater. Under the surface
Residents and city officials primarily blame uphill irrigation for the “weeping” bluffs, which can be seen
A LARGE CHUNK of bluff eroded near 10th Street — the latest of several bluff failures since August. Photo by Lexy Brodt
spilling excess water from their crags and cracks. When neighbors as far east as Crest Road — Del Mar’s highest point — rinse off their patios or water their gardens, the excess irrigation often becomes groundwater, which makes its way downhill through the city and into the fragile sediment of the bluff. The North County Transit District, which owns and supervises the train corridor through Del Mar, has attempted to capture this groundwater by installing a number of thin white pipes — called hydro-augers — into the bluff to collect water from the sandstone. The pipes are visible from the beach, jutting out at random intervals from the bluff. Several of them are surrounded in mid-air with remaining chunks of bluff — evidence of the scale of erosion. Some believe the pipes are not adequately addressing the issue — or that there are not enough of them to make an impact. They also tend to get clogged with sandstone. “(The pipes) are definitely taking water out of the cliff, but I don’t think it’s enough,” Young said. Meanwhile, the bluff is absorbing more water than it can reasonably endure. Councilwoman Terry Gaasterland compared the bluff to a crème brûlée — solid on the surface, and mush just below. “I would argue that we probably exceeded nature’s ability to absorb the amount
of water that Del Mar is putting into the underground drainage system,” she said. “And thus we have this soufflé down there on the bluffs.” Young asserts that even a more active approach to stopping groundwater is hardly a magic bullet. “Even if you get rid of the groundwater, the cliff is still going to erode,” he said. “It’s just helping to accelerate the process.” Future plans for safety
NCTD has been working to stabilize the bluffs since 1998, implementing drainage improvements and installing over 200 soldier piles over the years in order to brace the bluff for future erosion events and sea-level rise. Soldier piles are concrete pillars up to 65 feet long and 3 feet in diameter, drilled vertically into the bluff. “They’re just there to stabilize the bluff and minimize the impacts of wind, water, trespassers and sea-level rise,” Stephen Fordham, NCTD’s director of railroad engineering, said. Their most current effort — Del Mar Bluffs 4 — will aim to increase the number of soldier piles on both sides of the tracks, and to either stabilize or replace several drainage structures. These efforts will help control surface water runoff. They also plan to reinforce a few bluff-supporting seawalls along the beach. Fordham anticipates the project will begin in the late summer of 2019. It will
be implemented in partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments, and cost about $3 million. NCTD and SANDAG are planning more projects between 2019 and 2039, which are estimated to cost up to $90 million and are currently unfunded. They recently applied for a $17.9 million grant to fund further stabilization projects in Del Mar, but were unsuccessful in obtaining it. Adapting to sea-level rise
Coastal cities are preparing for seven feet in sea-level rise by 2100, and Del Mar is no exception. What does that mean for the bluffs? The California Coastal Commission — which approves the local coastal programs (LCP) of cities along the California coast — prefers managed retreat as the most formidable longterm option for responding to sea-level rise. Managed retreat involves the government buying private property adjacent to the shoreline and allowing the beach — or bluff — to gradually, and naturally migrate east. However, in drafting an amendment to their LCP, Del Mar asserted that managed retreat is unfit for the city, largely due to the multi-million-dollar value of beachfront and bluff-adjacent homes. The city’s Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder-Technical Advisory Committee — which was appointed to study issues of sea-level rise and draft potential “adap-
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tation options” — point to beach nourishment and sand retention as the city’s most viable options for protecting the bluffs from inevitable sea-level rise. More sand on the beach helps reduce wave “run-up” to the foot of the bluff, minimizing the water’s impact. Gaasterland, who was formerly chair of the committee, wants to look at “what’s working and what’s failing” locally in order to move forward with best practices. Gaasterland points to riprap as a prime example — although not a preferred method of local organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, she said the piles of rocks that armor the beach’s edge can help diffuse the force of waves hitting the existing seawalls and bluffs on Del Mar’s shores. “It’s all local when it comes to beach and bluff reinforcement and protection,” she said.
has not been crossed out as an option. It is ultimately the city’s — not NCTD’s — responsibility to establish a safe and legal crossing of the train tracks. There is currently only one — at 15th Street near Powerhouse Park. The city is in the process of coordinating a feasibility study with SANDAG to study potential crossings. The city is recommending consideration of four locations — at the Torrey Pines State Beach bridge crossing, 8th Street, 11th Street, and at the San Dieguito River. Residents and officials have different ideas of what will ultimately work for the city, with council members highlighting an at-grade crossing as the most feasible.
North County author Susan Smith Daniels has published “The Genuine Stories.” The book includes several stories that take place in Rancho Santa Fe. The book is published by New Rivers Press and is a modern literary collection that appeals to the readers’ willful suspension of disbelief, interweaving reality and magical realism. Daniels is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA program. She was awarded the FUMFA Book Prize for this collection of stories. She resides in Iowa and California and is currently working on her PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in England. She is the author of “The Horse Show Mom’s Survival Guide,” The Lyons Press, 2005.
When NCTD announced a plan to install fencing along the train track right of way in Del Mar, residents were vehemently opposed. The fencing plan was the latest in efforts by NCTD to keep the bluff safe. In the past — much to the fury of residents — officers have patrolled the bluff, handing out tickets to those illegally trespassing over the train tracks. Since January 2014, Del Mar has seen a total of 12 trespasser strikes. Residents in Del Mar see access to the bluff as a right — many cite a 1909 deed, in which the South Coast Land Company leased bluff top land to what was then the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, with the condition that there be continued public access. Frank Stonebanks, an active resident who started a Facebook page to share news and updates on bluff access-related issues in Del Mar, said residents were “overwhelmingly opposed” to the fencing plan. “Nobody supported it,” Stonebanks said. “That was a no-brainer.” NCTD is planning to hire a consultant to better gauge options for making the tracks safer. Though this quelled residents’ concerns for the time being, fencing
Debi Krichbaum has associated with the Carlsbad office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 28 years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, she was the owner and broker of Hometown Advantage, a boutique brokerage, for 15 year Isaiah Votaw has also associated with the Carlsbad office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Votaw was chief executive of Walk, Trot & Wag, and he serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a first lieutenant.
Gaasterland sees the blufftop community — of which she is a resident — as split into two camps. One group of residents sees NCTD’s measures for reinforcing the bluff as a benefit to their homes, and the other sees the erosion rate as a faroff obstacle. “They’d rather see the train gone,” she said. The long-term “vision” of several council members and residents is to ultimately move the tracks inland, and designate the bluff as a public park. For NCTD, moving the tracks is not at the top of its agenda. “NCTD’s focus is stabilizing efforts on the bluff to keep the tracks there,” Fordham said. “In the long term, we’re working for stabilizing efforts, in order to maintain the bluffs and keep them stabilized up to 2050.” NCTD estimates that a new track alignment would cost at least $3 billion — mostly due to the costs and complexity of purchasing right-of-way for the tracks. Some residents believe delaying this action is detrimental, and that current stabilization efforts are actually doing more harm than good. “The problem with all of these solutions is they’re short-term, it’s a quick fix, and it damages the long-term stability” said resident and former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “(NCTD) know(s) the real fix … is to move that segment of railroad.”
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There’s no ‘me’ in motherhood small talk jean gillette
t’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday, and I am sitting at the kitchen table gulping down a hastily prepared bowl of cereal while my children play just outside the kitchen window. My neighbor comes to the front door. Since my children have left all the doors wide open, I can just wave her in. “C’mon in!” I say cheerily. “I can’t get up from the table right now. If my children see me move from this chair, they’ll presume that I have relinquished my tenuous hold on mealtime.” That is their signal that I am once again free to turn the jump rope, throw the baseball, get out the Playdoh, play a round of Junior Monopoly, build a castle or fetch them something more to eat or drink. My friend smiles knowingly. Despite seven years of sharing the majority of my days and nights with them, my children remain unconvinced that I really need to take time for such frivolities as food consumption, bathroom visits, personal grooming or, heaven forbid, a phone call. They have always viewed any interruption in my attention to them with high annoyance, disdain and distrust. Even when they don’t actually say it, I can read it in their eyes. “Oh, sure!” they seem to be thinking. “She says she needs to finish combing her hair, but what is she really doing?” I try to remind myself just how much importance combing hair carries in their world right now. It is
just one of many pointless nuisances inflicted on them by their silly mother. Why anyone would do it voluntarily is beyond their understanding. I realize I hold the strange duality of being both boss and lackey. Even I am a little baffled about how that is sustained. It isn’t that they don’t understand. I can always get a giggle out of them by responding to their demands with the exaggerated impression of a weary servant. But beneath their chuckle is the thinly disguised attitude “Let her eat cake, but not on my time.” Funny how no one ever mentioned to me how one must submerge one’s personal needs and schedule to be a mother. Had I heard it in the context of my self-indulgent, non-hormonally bound, pre-child status, I simply wouldn’t have believed it. I know I would have smiled smugly and thought what a sap this woman was to let her children run roughshod over her, demanding such extravagances as three meals a day plus snacks, games, books at bedtime, and being pushed on the swing and merry-go-round. My friends with teenagers comfort me with assurances that my children will all too soon discover the joys of excessive hair combing that ties up the bathroom for weeks. And as for needing Mom, well, that will vanish like smoke. Worst of all, you lose those warm, squishy kisses and flying knee hugs — this servant’s daily bonus that can even banish daydreams of that two-week cruise I sometimes serve up with my cornflakes. Jean is busy looking for a place to store her Christmas tree. Enjoy a column from 1993.
Lower speed limit sought on N. Coast Highway 101 By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas is poised to lower the speed limit on North Coast Highway 101 from 35 to 30 mph, following through on a pledge officials made in the wake of last month’s near-fatal bicycle collision involving a prominent resident. On the City Council’s consent calendar Jan. 16 was an item that would introduce the ordinance proposing the speed limit reduction between La Costa Avenue and Leucadia Boulevard. The item would take effect one month after approval of the second reading. Before the City Council takes up the item, the Traffic and Public Safety Commission must vote on whether to certify the speed study used to justify the change.
The city performed the speed study on Jan. 9, and it showed that the average northbound speed on North Coast Highway 101 was about 36 mph, and 33 mph on the southbound lane, in line with the current 35 mph speed limit. But the city is using a state law that allows cities to consider other factors — such as safety, vehicle volumes and non-vehicular traffic — to reduce the speed limit five additional mph. The council’s actions come one month after Cardiff 101 Main Street Association Executive Director Roberta Walker was critically injured when a truck struck her while she was riding her bicycle along North Coast Highway 101 near the Phoebe Street intersection.
Housing fights spill into 2019 By Aaron Burgin
DESIGN PATH STUDIO was one of two Encinitas-based architectural firms hired to create plans as part of the city’s Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Units Program. Rendering courtesy of Design Path Studio
Encinitas offers free, permit-ready ‘granny flat’ plans to spur housing By Carey Blakely
ENCINITAS — In an effort to ease housing pressures and increase the city’s stock of affordable rental units, Encinitas has launched the Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Units (PRADU) Program. The program provides residents with free, ready-touse architectural plans for building stand-alone accessory dwelling units — often referred to as granny flats and in-law units — on their properties. The goal of PRADU is to speed up the permitting and construction process while reducing costs. By doing so, the city hopes more residents will consider building accessory dwelling units in their backyards, thereby providing more affordable housing throughout Encinitas. After years of struggling to comply with state housing laws as they pertain to supply and affordability, Encinitas is now under a court order to implement a housing plan in accordance with state law by April 11. By giving homeowners incentives, the city is trying to add another tool to the toolkit for meeting mandated housing quotas. During a presentation to City Council on Jan. 9, Encinitas Associate Planner Geoff Plagemann said, “The whole point of the program is to save homeowners money and time. We’re estimating three to six months of planning and design time that we’re eliminating from the process as well as consultant fees.” Plagemann explained that by using pre-approved design plans, residents could save $8,000 to $14,000 in design fees, depending on the unit’s size. Those cost reductions — combined with ADU fee waivers of $2,000 to $4,000 that have been in place since February 2018 — lead to an upfront savings of $10,000 to $18,000. The city contracted with two different Encinitas-based architectural firms, Design Path Studio and DZN Partners, to design the plans. Each firm received $16,000 for its services. A total of eight complete building plans are available because each firm
created designs for four unit types: a studio, a one-bedroom, a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom. Yvonne St. Pierre of Design Path Studio told the council that she designed her plans to accommodate the needs of homeowners who may want to expand their properties in a cost-effective manner over time. “The four units can expand as time goes on and as your finances increase,” she said. To convert the studio to a one-bedroom unit, for example, a builder would add a bedroom to the front of the home, while keeping the other expensive infrastructural elements intact. The roofline would continue over the added bedroom, creating an outdoor patio space. The idea is to plug in new parts without needing to dismantle the old ones. St. Pierre’s overall vision is one of “owner- and builder-friendly construction,” she explained. To allow for a good exterior match between the existing home and the new additional dwelling unit, St. Pierre’s plans provide multiple options for siding, stucco and stone. Bart Smith of DZN Partners also sought to insert “as much latitude and choice as possible” into his designs, he said at the meeting. For instance, he provided floor plans as well as reverse floor plans for each unit type, three different elevations, five different roof materials and other design variations. Homeowners could choose a stucco exterior with a tile roof, for instance, or what Smith called a coastal Craftsman with a four-sided gable and transom windows. Smith’s designs ranged in size from 224 square feet for the studio to 1,199 square feet for the three-bedroom unit. The designs are aligned with the city’s newly adopted additional dwelling unit ordinances, which seek to ease restrictions on building standards in order to promote construction. Featuring reduced setbacks, the waiving of parking requirements if the unit is located within a half mile of transit and other flexible building standards, the ordinances are considered
one part of a multi-faceted approach to creating more additional dwelling units. Encinitas calls this overall program “Housing for Generations.” It also includes new rules around junior accessory dwelling units, which are no larger 500 square feet and contained within an existing single-family residence. The junior units must be part of an owner-occupied dwelling and have to provide an efficiency kitchen. Sanitation facilities may be shared. In conjunction with more flexible dwelling-unit ordinances and the permit-ready plans, Encinitas has been attempting to promote the implementation of Senate Bill 1226, which was sponsored by Encinitas and became effective on Jan. 1. SB 1226 allows accessory dwelling units to be permitted based on the codes in effect at the time the units were built. By not requiring an owner to bring the unit up to current code, which is often infeasible and prohibitively expensive, it is hoped that more homeowners will register their rentals, which in turn will increase the housing stock. To inform the public about the permit-ready program and the new regulations for additional dwelling units, the city will host an “Everything ADU Workshop” on Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall. Additionally, on Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m., an “ADU Open House” will be held at the Encinitas Library. At the open house, interested residents will have the chance to speak one-on-one with city officials about navigating the process of permitting and building accessory dwelling units. A Housing for Generations catalog that includes how-to instructions on building ADUs as well as the pre-approved architectural plans is expected to be ready and available to the public by the beginning of February.
REGION — The battle over large housing projects in the back country and rural enclaves of North County will play itself out in in 2019 and 2020, by way of a lawsuit and a referendum. The lawsuit, filed last year by the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove Town Council, takes aim at the Harmony Grove Village South project the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved in July as part of a three-development general plan amendment. Critics of the project argue that it places new units in a fire-prone area with limited evacuation routes, increases density in a largely rural setting and introduces apartments into a landscape dominated by rural estates and single-family homes. “This Project— which would place hundreds of new residences in a wildfire-prone, rural area of the County, lacking urban services and infrastructure —is exactly the kind of suburban sprawl the County sought to curb in its 2011 comprehensive General Plan update,” the lawsuit states. “Nonetheless, the County bent over backwards to approve the development, amending the General Plan, rezoning the property, and adopting a statement of overriding considerations to justify the significant environmental impacts of the Project, among other actions.” Meanwhile, opponents of the county’s second large approval last year — the Newland Sierra project north of San Marcos — successfully gathered enough signatures to force the county to put the issue to voters. Petitioners collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to force a referendum to rescind the Board of Supervisor’s Sept. 25 approval of the 2,135-unit development near Merriam Mountain. The Board of Supervisors, rather than rescinding the approval outright, voted 4-0 in December to place the item on the March 2020 ballot. Supporters said the Harmony Grove Village South and Newland Sierra projects will help ease the county’s lingering housing as well as provide infrastructure to both areas.
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Ways to fight back against flu and colds Flu vaccine won’t REGION — Physicians with American Family Care join the medical community to remind all that it is the season for colds, the winter mystery virus (adenovirus) that looks a lot the flu, and the flu. Each is a respiratory virus. While flu shots are important, there are several suggestions on the best way to avoid all viruses. — Avoid sharing pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy. — Knuckle it. When using a debit card machine, get into the habit of punch-
ing in your card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs. — Play it safe at the pump. Drivers must get gas for their vehicles no matter what, sick or not. Protect yourself at the pump, grab a paper towel before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info. — Shake and wash. People are more germ-conscious these days so avoiding a handshake is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season. If you must do it, wash or san-
itize with your hands immediately. — Hands off, please. You are constantly using either your phone or computer tablet to show friends and coworkers pictures or videos. This means other people are putting their germs on something you are constantly touching. Get into the habit of wiping your phone down with a disinfecting wipe to cut down on spreading germs - or just text your friends photos and videos. Additional flu facts: — Kids under the age of 6, pregnant women and adults 65 or older are at high risk for serious flu complications like inflammation of
the heart, brain or muscle tissues or multi-organ failure. — Most experts think flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. They can infect you from six feet away. — People can carry the virus and risk exposing others when they show little symptoms. — Frequently touched surfaces at work or school should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone is ill. Flu activity is monitored by the Centers for Disease Control. For more, visit cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index. htm#ILIMap.
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DEAR DOCTOR: What is in the flu vaccine that makes people feel so bad? A co-worker of mine got a flu shot last year and wound up feeling quite ill. Can a flu shot give you the flu? DEAR READER: No, you can't get the flu from a flu shot. The flu vaccine is made two ways. One type of vaccine is made from a virus that has been inactivated, also known as a "killed" virus. Another type of vaccine contains no virus at all. That said, it's entirely possible to have a physical reaction to the flu vaccine. For some people, that's redness, pain and swelling at the injection site. For others, it's a few days of aches and pains, perhaps with a bit of fever. This second reaction, which can feel similar to a slight case of the flu, is quite likely how the misconception that the vaccine can give you the flu first arose. But those symptoms are actually your body's response to the immune system as it rallies to produce antibodies to the flu virus. It's also possible to catch the flu in the two weeks after you get your flu shot. That's because it takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to offer full protection. During that time, if you're exposed to the flu virus, you can go on to become ill. And don't forget — flu vaccines target the specific viruses that epidemiologists believe will be active during a given flu year. If you run afoul of a different virus than the ones your flu shot targets, it can make you sick. Another thing to remember — flu symptoms like chills, high fever, coughing, sneezing and bodily
discomfort are shared by a range of different illnesses, including the common cold. Speaking of which, the flu -- we're really talking about influenza here -- is more than a particularly nasty cold. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, it's easy to forget that the influenza pandemic of 1918 killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when adjusted for today's increase in population, that would equal 175 to 350 million deaths. Today, flu deaths in the United States have dropped significantly to about 4,600 per year. However, the very young, the elderly, people with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes and congestive heart failure, and those with compromised immune systems are at increased risk for developing serious complications. The flu virus can cause lung inflammation serious enough to lead to respiratory failure. It can also lead to pneumonia, bronchitis and infections of the ear or sinus. For those living with chronic health conditions, the flu can make them worse. All of which, in our opinion, are strong arguments in favor of an annual flu shot. The CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months old get one. Here in the U.S., flu season is fall and winter, with the peak months typically running from November through March. That means we're in the thick of it right now. If you haven't gotten your shot yet, it's fast, it's easy, and there are plenty of low-cost and even free flu shot clinics. And there's still plenty of time. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health.
Man arrested in strange takeover-style non-robbery SOLANA BEACH — A man was arrested Jan. 3 after allegedly entering a North County bank, telling everyone inside to get on the floor, announcing that he was robbing the premises and directing workers to make a 911 call to report the crime-in-process. The odd robbery scare at the Wells Fargo branch office just east of Interstate 5 in Solana Beach played out shortly after 9 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials. Wearing a black hooded jacket with the cowl pulled up over his head, 35-year-old Clint Anthony Gray walked into the bank in the 200 block of Santa Helena minutes after it opened, shouted
out his demands and then sat down to await the arrival of law enforcement, Sgt. Brett Garrett alleged. The suspect issued no threats of violence and displayed no weapons during the takeover, Lt. Karla Menzies said. Deputies arrived to find Gray inside with his hands in the air. He surrendered without incident. “The bank did not incur any loss,” Garrett said. Gray was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of robbery. The motivation for the suspect's alleged actions was unclear, Menzies said. — City News Service
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Solana Beach senior care facility likely headed to voters soon By Lexy Brodt
SOLANA BEACH — Residents may soon get to vote on whether developers will open up a new senior care facility on the east side of town — on what is currently a 2.9-acre vacant lot. The senior care facility would be the second of its kind in Solana Beach, and the first to offer memory care service for residents with dementia. The project’s developer is beginning to gather signatures to qualify the project’s specific plan for a special election.
This process is required under Proposition T, which stipulates that projects involving zoning changes — particularly those that up the density of a site — be subject to a vote of the people. Adjacent to the I-5 and at the corner of Marine View Avenue and Genevieve Street, the lot is currently occupied by an abandoned prior caretaker’s home and overgrown foliage. The developers are proposing a one- and two-story facility with 94 to 96 beds. A third of the facility will be
reserved for patients with dementia. The assisted living portion will be comprised of efficiencies, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with kitchens and private bathrooms. The facility will offer a cafeteria, café, bar, fitness center, beauty parlor, and large common rooms for its residents. It will also be fronted with a public park area, on the side of the property abutting Marine View Avenue. Developer John DeWald said
In loving memory of
Helen McMasters Wallace In loving memory of
Lt Col William Roscoe Brackett Jr. September 14,1937 December 29, 2018
Lt Col William Roscoe Brackett Jr, died early Saturday, December 29, 2018. Born September 14, 1937, in Boston, MA he was the son of the late Ruth Helen Brackett (nee Stiefel) and William R. Brackett. Bill graduated from Watertown High School in 1955, and then entered the Aviation Cadet program in ’57, graduating first in his class as second Lieutenant and a navigator. He served as a navigator on a KC-97 crew at Westover Air Force Base where he was an instructor and unit representative in the annual bomb/ nav competition conducted by the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1962 he attended pilot training at Williams Air Force Base near Phoenix, AZ. Again, graduating first in his class – receiving the Commander’s Trophy as outstanding officer in his class in the spring of ’63 – he was assigned to the first squadron of F-4’s in the Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. After a tour in Viet-
nam, then Capt. Brackett, an F-4C Phantom pilot, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his destruction of an enemy supply train in a night attack near Yen Bay, and seven (7) other decorations for his action in combat, including outstanding airmanship and courage displayed in over 100 hazardous missions over North Vietnam. In addition, he returned to MacDill with 10 oak leaf clusters, a purple heart and the Commendation Medal for meritorious service while stationed at Ubon Royal, Thai Air Base, Thailand in ’66 and ‘67. He left the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel for a life of civilian flying with TWA and USAir. Bill and his wife Joan moved to San Diego where they enjoyed travel and golf. Very involved with their church, Bill served as a deacon, a Stephen Minister and Elder. Throughout his life he sang in his church choir – from age 10 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston, right through to his going home to be with his Lord. Bill is survived by his wife of 27 years Joan Brackett, along with his three (3) children from his first marriage; Gail of Mar Vista, CA, Robert of Suffield, CT and Jeffrey, of Enfield, CT and three (3) grandchildren Corey, Kyle and Dukane, and a loving sister, brothers, nieces, nephews and relatives. Memorial services for William R. Brackett, Jr. will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Village Community Presbyterian Church on 6225 Paseo Delicious, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.
April 10, 1922 December 10, 2018
Helen McMasters Wallace, aged 96 years, of Canton (New York), Los Angeles / Topanga Canyon / Del Mar (California), and finally Parkville (Missouri) joined eternity on Dec. 10, 2018. Full of boundless optimism and adventure, Helen was known for her great love of the arts. Whether it crafting, painting, creating macrame and pysanki eggs, or performing as a clown or magician, she was an unforgettable character and passionate artist. Helen will be best remembered racing her Mini Cooper through Southern California, her dog “Mini” by her side, outfit perfectly co-ordi-
the project’s architect is going for a “homey feel,” similar in concept and style to the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. In a March 2018 workshop aimed at receiving community feedback, most residents worried about potential increases in traffic, or took issue with the location. DeWald said the site’s operator would attempt to mitigate traffic — the majority of which would come from caregivers and staff traveling to the facility — by making shift changes at low-traffic hours.
nated with her flip-flops. In her younger years, she moved across the country to Los Angeles, winning ballroom dance competitions at the Palladium to pay rent while pursuing her dream of working for Disney studios. It was here she fell in love and married a young man from her hometown, whose family had moved to LA years earlier. Helen continues to be a guiding star, shining brightly in the memories of many. Her endless smile, boundless optimism, and enduring love are cherished by all those lucky enough to have known her. Her children feel very lucky to have had this creative and nurturing woman as a mother, and a loving grandma for their children. Helen is survived by her husband of 71 years, Clarence “Bim” Wallace and her children Ken Wallace, Charles Wallace and Norman Wallace all of California, and Wendy Wallace Borders of Parkville, Missouri. She had 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In the spring, Helen will be taken to her hometown of Canton, New York. There she will join her parents and siblings in the Evergreen Cemetery, in which she played as a child.
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Justine D. Hoff
December 30, 2018
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Justine D. Hoff, loving daughter of Claude and Amine Hoff, beloved sister to Mimi Carleen, spunky sister-in-law to brother-in-law Phil Carleen, affectionate aunt to Kim Carleen, doting great aunt to Jack and Ben Isenhart, and caring friend to those who knew her, went to be with her family who has gone before her on December 30, 2018. She traveled the world solo and was a gifted artist and writer. With her warm-hearted personality and kindness she bestowed upon everyone she encountered, she will be missed. Her sweet soul will live on in the lives she has touched. Her family would like to share a poem she enjoyed that we believe she lived her life by... To every man there openeth A Way, and Ways and a Way; And the high Soul climbs the High Way, And the Low Soul gropes the Low, And in between, on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro, But to every man there openeth A High Way and a Low, And every man decideth — John Oxenham
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He said having the facility would actually reduce ambulance calls, as caregivers would be able to triage some situations that would typically prompt calls, such as falls or trips. DeWald pointed out that the location is in close proximity to shopping centers and medical facilities, and called the area “a nice, quiet neighborhood.” Solana Beach is one of the oldest communities — by demographic — in the county, with 22.8 percent of the population being 65 and older as of 2017.
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It is with great sadness that the family of Darreld Kitaen announces his passing after a long illness, on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in Encinitas at the age of 82 years. Darreld was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego. After gradu-
ating from Hoover High in 1954, he attended SDSU for a year. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served until 1957. For the last 45 plus years, Darreld operated his gift shop called Good Morning in Cardiff by the Sea where he was known by all the locals as a kind, spiritual man who loved people. Darreld will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rosalee of 45 years, daughter Kara and sonin-law Michael, grandchildren Brea and Jeffrey, son Richard, sister Susan Rhea and brother-in-law Michael, brother Terry and sister–in-law Esther and many nieces and nephews. Services were held on January 6, 2019. Memorial donations may be made to Seacrest Foundation, 211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024.
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Aussie Day feels at home playing Torrey Pines
ustralian golfer Jason Day didn’t drop the phone. The same couldn’t be said about his jaw. “The Rod Laver,” Day said moments after winning the first of his two Farmers Insurance Open titles in 2015. Yep that one, mate, and how did the North County become an intersection for Aussie sportsmen? Two of them, Laver and Day, are in JASON DAY has won two the news Down Under and PGA titles at Torrey Pines, in- around here. cluding last year in a playoff. Day, who hails like LaCourtesy photo ver from Rockhampton,
sports talk jay paris Queensland, is full of Aussie charm and is returning to defend his championship at the rugged Torrey Pines Golf Course from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27. The North Course is in play for the first two rounds, then it’s just a South Course void of any manners. Day prevailed in last
year’s Monday playoff and looked to be bound for a big year. That didn’t happen for various reasons, but Day, ranked No. 11, is brimming with vigor in a bid to find his form. Where else is better to do it than the scenic bluffs of Torrey Pines? Day, 31, has been winning there since taking the Junior World Golf’s 15-17 years age-group crown in 2004. “It’s a golf course that I thoroughly enjoy playing at and competing against everyone,” Day said. “I’ve had a lot of good memories
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in the process.” Among them are Day forming a connection with Laver, the Aussie tennis legend. Laver, a longtime North County resident, has long been keen on Day. “He’s a Queenslander, you know,” Laver often said when tracking Day. So when Day won at Torrey, Laver was watching from his Carlsbad couch. The longtime local was rooting for a home boy. After Day finished off the field and his media obligations, he had Laver on the line. “Yes, Mr. Laver,” Day said in accepting the Aussie icon’s congratulations. Day was wide-eyed then and now when hearing of Laver. “You have no idea big how big he is at home,” Day said. Laver, 80, finds the January spotlight, too, as he’s being honored at next week’s Australian Open. Tennis’ first Major of the season, in the arena that bears his name, will salute the 50th anniversary of Laver’s second and historic Grand Slam. In 1969 Laver became the only player to secure two Grand Slams in winning the Australian, French and U.S. Opens, plus Wimbledon, in a calendar year. He’ll be the toast of Melbourne and Day isn’t surprised. “He is such a giant in our country,” said Day, who’s donated signed caps to Laver’s charity endeavors.
“And above what he did on the tennis court is he such a humble, nice person.” The two went on to exchange cell numbers and occasionally cross ways. Day knows why he enjoys beating a path toward Torrey Pines. “It reminds me of Australia and obviously when you’re playing someplace that reminds you of home that brings a lot of good memories back,” Day said. “I know the course was set up for me and I like the ones that are harder to score on.” Day will try to go low in a field that includes five other tournament winners and Justin Rose, the world’s top-rated golfer. Tiger Woods was expected to play but has yet to commit. Others of note include Torrey Pines High’s Pat Perez and Jamie Lovemark, Poway’s Charley Hoffman and San Diego State products Xander Schauffele and J.J. Spaun. Schauffele won Sunday’s PGA Tour season-opening event in Hawaii and rise to No. 6. “That golf course is going to test you,” Day said. “You are not only playing against the other guys but it’s yourself and your ego. There’s going to be a lot of disappointment out there sometime.” No worries, mate? Hardly, when trying to tame Torrey Pines. Contact Jay Paris at email@example.com. Follow him @jparis_sports
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and his wife attended UC San Diego. Being on the golf teams, the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club was always highly regarded. “Being able to manage this golf club is an amazing and dynamic opportunity,” he said. “This certainly has been a dream come true.” Shupe praised Tim Barrier, the superintendent of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, who he said has done an impeccable job maintaining the course for the last 28 years. “Tim is one of the most respected superintendents in all of America, so we will continue to be first-class,” Shupe said. One area that Shupe is looking forward to is the restaurant opportunities at the golf club, which serve Covenant residents. “We want to create something truly special, so residents feel like this is their restaurant, and they don’t have to leave their community to go out for a nice meal,” he said, noting he wants the dining experience to be personalized. “We are committed to putting together a top team and attracting the best talent to serve our members.” Shupe said the focus of their restaurant is one of the top goals for 2019. “While I’m new to the
NEW GENERAL MANAGER Brad Shupe brings to Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club topshelf experience in the world of golf and country clubs. By Christina Macone-Greene
area, Rancho Santa Fe is a magical place — we are all so lucky to be here,” he said.
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Sign up now for sessions with the national free teen defensive driving program, B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. each day, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 at Cal State San Marcos. Online registration is available at putonthebrakes.org.
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COUNTRY FRIENDS President Suzanne Newman, left, and Lauren Reynolds, co-chair of the Giving Hearts Havana Night dinner and dance slated for Feb. 16 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Country Friends readies for annual Giving Hearts gala By Christina Macone-Greene signment Shop’s construc-
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends will officially announce its 2019 funded charities at its Giving Hearts Havana Night dinner and dance on Feb. 16 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Since its inception in 1954, the Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit has gifted nearly $14 million for local human care agencies. The Giving Hearts Cuban-themed soiree will take place the Saturday night after Valentine’s day. Co-chairing the event are Lauren Reynolds and Luis Caranza. Reynolds describes the evening as the perfect timing for married and single adults to celebrate the holiday without the hustle and bustle that occurs on actual Valentine’s Day. “We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and celebrating it with a heart for charity,” Reynolds said. Emceeing the evening will be Steve Atkinson of ABC 10 News. Guests will arrive at the gala with a champagne reception followed by a three-course Latin-infused dinner paired with fine wines. A Cuban performance by Ome Aché will take place during the course of the evening. After the 2019 chosen charities announcement, guests can salsa dance the night away. President for The Country Friends, Suzanne Newman, said this annual event is important on many levels. “While the evening is a formal announcement of the charities that we support, it’s also part of our Legacy Campaign,” Newman said. “The Legacy Campaign is designed for us to raise funds to create an Endowment Fund.” The Legacy Campaign was created to raise a total of $1 million. The mission to apply $500,000 toward The Country Friends Con-
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tion remodel loan while the other half goes to an Endowment Fund to avoid the use of the nonprofit’s operating capital. So far, the construction loan has been paid down by 50 percent, and the campaign has targeted a quarter of its goal. “With this type of pay off, all of our funding can go towards the charities that we support,” Newman said. Reynolds wants people to know that Giving Hearts Havana Night is a low-key charity event — no one is raising any paddles. Instead, a paper heart will be underneath every individual plate, and each guest can choose to write in a donation on that heart to The Country Friends Rather than having a live auction, there will be opportunity drawings donated by the community. A handful include a one-night stay at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with breakfast for two, a two-night stay at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club along with a $200 Marine Room gift certificate, a Max Mara large tote, Bourbon and Cigar Package, round of golf and lunch at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, four tickets to the 2019 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe, and more. Event sponsors include Les and Deborah Cross, Annterese Toth and Jennifer Perkinson of Merrill Lynch, and At Home Nursing Care. Newman said that as a member of The Country Friends, some of their funded charities attend the dinner and dance. “They are so thrilled to be recognized. On this evening, we have the opportunity to introduce them to the people that support them,” Newman said. “It’s a very exciting time.” To learn more about Giving Hearts Havana Night, visit TheCountryFriends.org or call (858) 756-1192.
Ivey Ranch receives donated tack and equipment; sometimes more than they can use. Visit the horse tack and equipment sale from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 110 Rancho del Oro Drive, Oceanside.
ART FOR HEALING
For those recovering from brain injuries and/ or neurological challenges, enjoy cost-free self-expression through art, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19, to increase skills, improve eye/hand coordination with facilitator, Denise McMurtrie. Supplies provided. The class is also offered as well as every Tuesday at 4 p.m. throughout January in the Scripps Hospital Brain Injury Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Register at (760) 633-6709
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There will be a Kids Zone, jewelry making, live music and local food for purchase. The event is free, but RSVPs are required at CoastalRootsFarm.org. HELP PLANT A TREE
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help plant native trees in Gonzales Canyon from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 at 13510 Sword Way, Del Mar. Gloves, tools, and water will be provided. Questions? Contact Jonathan Appelbaum, Conservation Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 344-6654.
SCIENCE OF CANNABIS
Free Joyworks Wonders Speaker Series with international cannabinoid researcher and industry icon, Stuart Titus, Ph.D., to be held from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via De La Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe. RSVP via text to Janet Lawless Christ at (858) 3357700.
LOCAL INDIAN HISTORY
The Education department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts another Center Stage: Performances for Youth show with “Journeys to the Past” with Jacque Nunez at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the Center Theater. Journeys to the Past takes students on a journey into the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, which flourished in Southern California hundreds of years before Father Serra. Reservations at (800) 9884253. All tickets are $5. Get more information at http:// artcenter.org /event/journeys-to-the-past-2/.
The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts its annual meeting and a retirement reception for President Emeritus Julian Duval from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19, for the meeting and noon to 2 p.m. for the retirement party, at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. The meeting JAN. 23 and retirement party are FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows free, but reservations are required at sdbgarden.org/ and Widowers of North County support group, for announcements.htm. those who desire to foster friendships through variDNA MYSTERIES The DNA Interest ous social activities, will Group will meet at 1 p.m. gather for lunch and bocJan. 19 at Georgina Cole ce ball at the Elk’s Club in Library, 1250 Carlsbad Vil- Vista Jan. 23, and will have lage Drive, to hear Carol dinner at the Olive Garden Rolnick present "Switched before “Dancing Lessons” at Birth or Adopted: Us- performance at the Scripps ing DNA Painter to Solve a Ranch Theater, Scripps DNA Mystery." Free, no res- Ranch Jan. 26. Reservations are necessary at (858) ervation necessary. 674-4324.
San Diego Botanic Garden presents Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing, a relaxing way of connecting people with nature from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $40. Make reservations at sdbgarden.org/ classes.htm.
chelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, a variety of locally themed concession stands, and the Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal. For tickets, visit farmersinsuranceopen.com/.
GOLF CLASSIC TICKETS
San Diego’s Farmers Insurance Open returns Jan. 24 through Jan. 27 to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Experience fan attractions including an expanded Grey Goose 19th Hole, the Mi-
TENNIS INSTRUCTOR NEEDED
The city of San Marcos is looking to contract a USPTA Tennis Instructor to teach youth-adult classes on Tuesdays at the Las Posas Tennis Courts. For more information, visit san-marcos. net/departments/parks-recreation/enrichment-classes-camps /contractual-instructors-copy.
AUCTION AT ENGINE MUSEUM
The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum invites the community to its Table Top Auctions at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Visit Www. agsem.com for more information.
TAX PLANNING SEMINAR
Registration is required by Jan. 28 for the Jan. 31 free informational seminar from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on estate planning, changes to tax law and more, hosted by Helen Woodward Animal Center at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP with EriJAN. 26 ka Maher at (858) 756-4117 MAKE A SUCCULENT WALL San Diego Botanic Gar- ext. 339 or ErikaM@aniden hosts a Living Wall/ malcenter.org. Vertical Garden class from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Enci- JAN. 30 nitas. Cost is $36, plus an FAMILY LITERACY FUN Encinitas Library is $80 per student materials fee on day of class. Learn continuing its Family Arts the basics of planting a and Literacy Connection se10-inch-by-20-inch vertical ries in January and Februplant wall made out of suc- ary. The first event, “Stories culents. To register, visit of Courage,” will be from sdbgarden.org/classes.htm. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30, followed by “Art with Heart” and Feb. 6 at the Encinitas FRIENDSHIP GARDENERS The Friendship Gar- Library. The free program, deners will meet from 1 to open to the public, offers 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Come learn families a performance by about "Edible Gardens" a local storyteller, and a presented by Master Gar- hands-on art activity led by dener Lynlee Austell-Slay- a local artist, followed by a ter. Newcomers are wel- free book giveaway. come. Call (858) 755-6570 for Del Mar meeting locaJAN. 31 tion. LUNAR NEW YEAR
PRESERVE THE FOREST
The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation invites the community to “Celebrate Our Forest” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The day will offer family activities, food and beverages, with presentations about the recently completed Covenant Forest Health Study, joined by the San Dieguito River Park Conservancy, California Native Plant Society, Ecology Artisans, RSF Fire Protection District, Tree San Diego, FireWatch and the Rancho Environmental Tree Service.
FRIENDS AND FAITH
The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. James Catholic Church and lunch at Brigantine Restaurant, Del Mar on Jan. 27, and enjoy a three-night excursion to Laughlin, Nev. on Jan. 28. Reservations are necessary at (858) 674-4324.
Join the Lunar New Year celebration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. There will be Lion Dancers. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society Lion Dance team performs a traditional dance celebrating the Lunar New Year.
PAELLA WITH PASSION!
Tickets are available now for the Friends of the Powerhouse fundraiser Valentine's Dinner & Dance, “Paella with Passion!” starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Wear a smile and something red Dinner will be followed by an auction and dancing. Cost, $75. Mail check to: Friends of the Powerhouse, PO Box 297, Del Mar, CA 92014, or pay with credit card online at friendsofthepowerhouse.org, by Feb. 8. Complimentary parking available at the old train station.
FARM FOOD FESTIVAL
Coastal Roots Farm hosts Tu B’Shvat Food Forest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. The family-friendly event will include tree planting and hands-on learning about the Seven Species – wheat, barley, dates, figs, grapes, olives, and pomegranates.
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Voices rising as one at San Diego North Coast Singers By Carey Blakely
ENCINITAS — A young child’s voice is an instrument capable of emanating pure joy. Listening to children sing “taps into our very humanity and is an incredibly powerful experience,” says Sally Husch Dean, the founder and artistic director of San Diego North Coast Singers. The organization, which launched in Encinitas in 1993, currently includes four children’s choirs and a women’s chamber chorus. It also provides a traditional choral program for third- and fourth-graders at Ocean Knoll Elementary School. Dean launched what would eventually become San Diego North Coast Singers after San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas asked her to establish a community youth chorus. Funding cuts had eviscerated many local elementary school music programs, and Dean’s chorus partially filled that void. The nonprofit grew organically over time, gradually expanding from one choir to five — and incorporating both national and international performances. Its singers have appeared with the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Sym-
CHILDREN in the Brioso choir of San Diego North Coast Singers rehearse in costume for a Halloween show at a local senior residence. The group is having its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas. Photo by Tristan Quigley Photography
phony and Chorus and San Diego State University. The choirs have also had the prestigious opportunity to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, for instance, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Italy. The youth ensembles range in size from 18 to 33 members and are organized by age and singing experience. The choirs are Giocoso (Italian for “cheerful,” beginning singers in grades two to five); Brioso (“with vigor and spirit,” intermediate singers in grades four
to seven); Caprice (“of humorous or capricious character,” an advanced treble choir for grades six to 12 that tours); and Capella (“star of the first magnitude,” a chamber choir for high school students). Capella and Caprice member Devlin Ott, who’s a 16-year-old student at San Dieguito Academy, traveled with San Diego North Coast Singers to Cuba in the summer of 2016 for a cultural and musical tour. Ott shared, “We went to a few different cities
and during our days, we would sing in random locations, kind of like a flash mob. We sang in the lobby of the hotel and accumulated a crowd of people from all over the world, which was really fun to experience. We sang in a beautiful cathedral with stunning acoustics and even a cave we hiked into for spontaneous pop-up concerts.” Locally, the San Diego North Coast Singers have also left strong impressions. Audience members have approached Dean after
hearing the children sing and said things like, “Why did I cry? I don’t even have a child in the group.” That type of emotionally resonant sound — with elements of whimsy thrown into the mix — will be heard at the organization’s 26th annual Winter Concert. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at San Dieguito United Methodist Church located at 170 Calle Magdalena in Encinitas. While San Diego North Coast Singers rehearse and also perform twice yearly at the Methodist Church and are incredibly grateful for the partnership and support the church has provided, the organization is not religiously affiliated. It is a nonprofit arts organization. Called “Poems, Prayers & Promises,” the choral performance on Jan. 18 will weave together material from sources as diverse as a South African freedom song, Jewish morality laws and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Associate Artistic Director Melissa Keylock, who also directs the Giocoso and Brioso choirs, wrote about the upcoming show, “Concert attendees can know they will walk away inspired by the joyful, beautiful, and caring faces and
voices of our young people.” After 26 years at the helm, Dean will be stepping down from San Diego North Coast Singers at the end of June. She’s been running the organization long enough to have taught two generations of singers from the same family. One former student, Michelle Risling, grew up singing for San Diego North Coast from the age of 7 to 18 and is now the director of the organization’s Capella choir. “Many of the students who come to this choir don’t have access to music education in their schools,” Risling stated in an email. “I was one of those students in 1994 when I joined, as the public schools I attended never offered choir classes. Directing Capella is so meaningful to me because I know exactly what it felt like to have a supportive, nurturing place to make music.” Risling designed the choral program at Temecula Preparatory School, where she teaches music, partly based on Dean’s influence. “As my mentor, Sally taught me how crucial music is to fostering understanding between cultures, how it can break down language barriTURN TO SINGERS ON 15
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San Dieguito Academy’s Advanced Drama Honors class will be performing “Sense and Sensibility,” based on Jane Austen’s novel. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $15, $8 for students at seatyourself. biz/sandieguito.
The Hutchins Consort will perform Mendelssohn at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Tickets: $35 adults, $20 seniors/students, $60 family package (two adults and two children).
RSF SEASON CONTINUES
Tickets for the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe 2018–2019 season are now on sale, beginning with the country duo, The Malpass Brothers, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Each concert includes a catered appetizer spread, coffee and dessert at intermission, and a wine bar. Tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for youth ages 13 to 18 at ccrsf.org or by mail to P.O. Box 2781, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. For more information, e-mail info@ ccrsf.org.
MUSIC BY THE SEA
string quartet, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Eight-concert season pass: $105, single ticket: $14 at encinitas.tix.com, by phone at (800) 595-4849 or at the door. NEW SEASON AT NCRT
North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the knockabout farce, ”Moon Over Buffalo.” There will be a special talkback Jan. 18, with the cast and artistic director. The production will play Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. with Sundays at 7 p.m. at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $56 at (858) 481-1055 or north- VIOLIN MASTER Itzhak Perlman performs Jan. 19 at coastrep.org.
VIOLIN MASTER PERLMAN
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $60 to $225 at (800) 988-4253 or online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit artcenter.org. Get more information about the upcoming season at ArtCenter.org.
CLASSES AT LUX
Lux Art Institute has scheduled adult art classes, “The Language of Seeing,” oil with Alex Schafer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19 to March 2 and “Mixed Media” with Allison Renshaw from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26. Adult 18+ Cost is $300. ART WORKSHOPS
Koniakowsky Ocean Encinitas Music By The Art offers art workshops Sea presents the Los An- from 1 to 4 p.m. with movgeles Ensemble & Friends ing water Jan. 19, land-
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ers, and cultivate the desire to explore the world.” Dean feels confident in the ability of staff members like Risling and Keylock, as well as the board and families, to continue her legacy and to grow into a new future together. Keylock, who joined the organization in the fall of 2018, said, “My dream for the future of San Diego
North Coast Singers is that families in our surrounding communities are aware of our choral program for its excellence in music making, and understand the growth their children experience through gaining confidence and stage presence. “When our young people study music from around the world, from other countries and from other time periods, they gain an understanding about themselves and a respect for other people, even when they come from different backgrounds.” Working together is an important part of being in a children’s choir, as every voice needs to be present to give the music its full effect, as Dean explained. “A choir is one of the last remaining avenues where you truly need to have people gathered together in a room to make it work,” she said. And make it work they do — in various harmonies and musical arrangements. For information on joining the San Diego North Coast Singers or learning more about their performances, visit http://www. northcoastsingers.com.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Courtesy photo
scape Feb. 9 and giclee embellishing Feb. 16. Register at koniakowsky.com. KIRTAN MUSIC
5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Ages 8 through adult invited for musical cast. The performance dates are March 29 through March 31. Contact Amy at amyz@ villagechurch.org for an audition appointment. For audition details, visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.
GARDEN FULL OF ART
Sculpture in the Garden IX continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 2019 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This exhibition showcases 50 sculptures from 30 artists set against the backdrop of San Diego Botanic Garden. All sculptures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, curator. Free with paid admission or membership. Sculpture Map at https:// bit.ly/2tXmjLL. For more information, visit http://bit. ly/1Pja7r5 or call (760) 4363036.
A Kirtan and Bhajan concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 200 Coneflower St., Encinitas. For more information, visit Ka- JAN. 22 MIXED MEDIA minimusic.com. Through Jan. 22, see “Attic Archaeology” by artist Judith Christensen JAN. 20 at the Encinitas Library ‘BECOMING DR. RUTH’ Vista’s Broadway The- Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. ater presents the one-wom- For more information, call an show, “Becoming Dr. (760) 753-7376 or visit juRuth,” performed by Robin dithchristensen.com. LaValley at 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. JAN. 23 daily or call (760) 806-7905. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n Not recommended for children under 15 years. No hosts the free, annual Internationfoul language, just the oc- Villa-Lobos casional Dr. Ruth “frank al Chamber Music Festival featuring The Peter talk” about relationships. Sprague String Trio at noon Jan. 23 at Encinitas LiAUDITIONS Village Church Com- brary, 540 Cornish Drive, munity Theater announces Encinitas. For more inforauditions for “A Pirates Life TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 16 For Me” from 1 to 4 p.m. and
A CARTOON by Carlsbad resident James Daigh.
Drawing attention ca art news Bob Coletti
arlsbad resident, career surfer and cartoon artist James Daigh says he used to get in trouble for scribbling early cartoon characters onto his test papers when he had finished the test early. The nuns in his San Diego school were not amused. But James was and continued to doodle all the day long for years. Says he uses it for mental health. “The contradictions in life are too hilariously glaring to avoid commenting on,” says he. For the last almost seven years James has been drawing and submitting cartoons to The New Yorker magazine, the only magazine since the implosion of Playboy to publish smart cartoons on a regular basis. It is also the Mount Everest of cartoon publishing
goals: To publish there is to be among the gods. With this singular focus driving him — to publish in The New Yorker — James has drawn over 1,700 single panel cartoons of the type that might be expected to appear in the magazine: pithy, insightful observations of the awkwardness of the human condition rendered simply and artfully. A former career as a national and international magazine editor helps him in his submission process, knowing of some of the ropes, though some of the ropes are now electronic. After submitting consistently for over 6 1/2 years James has recently been accepted as a cartoonist for The New Yorker. Cartoon by cartoon his persistent climb has brought him to that hallowed summit. James is also an accomplished fine artist painting in watercolor and oil. His watercolors of surfing are extraordinary. Bob Coletti is director of CA Art News www.caartnews.com
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Making your home smarter in the new year With smart home adoption on the rise, more and more people are looking to join the connected home lifestyle, and smart home devices such as virtual assistants were popular gifts during the holidays. If you’re ready to make your home smarter in 2019, here are some devices and services to consider. A HOME SPEAKER THAT DOUBLES AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT. Current models can answer questions, turn on lights, play video, access virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, share weather and news updates, act as a timer, and play music on demand. Some models even help you shop online. SMART LIGHTS. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet.
A HOME CAMERA ALLOWS YOU to keep an eye on your loved ones and your home even if you’re not there. Courtesy photo
Cox Homelife has an automation feature to control indoor and outdoor lights, bringing you and your family (and your pet) peace of mind while you’re away from home, as well as saving energy and money. Smart bulbs can even be used as a night light in a child’s room – one Cox Homelife customer uses a smart bulb in a floor lamp in her daughter’s room and has it set to change automatically through the night.
HOME CAMERAS. Daylight savings means the kids may be home by themselves when it’s already dark. Home security brings piece of mind to families, and the latest home monitoring services such as Cox Homelife offer remote live video viewing, professional monitoring, video recording, and customizable notifications, allowing you to keep an eye on your loved ones and your home even if
you’re not there. Learn more about smart home security and automation at cox.com/ homelife. SMART LOCKS. Roughly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door, and about 34% enter through the front door. Smart locks can help you make sure you locked the door when you left the house. A smart lock allows you to remotely control the doors to your home from your smartphone, but they can do so much more. Smart lock features through Cox Homelife include voice commands, customized chimes to recognize certain visitors or family members, activity logs, and integration with other smart devices in the home. You can even set up special codes for house sitters, dog walkers, and deliveries. SMART THERMOSTATS. Forgot to turn off the heating before you left for
work? Or maybe you want the house nice and toasty when you get home at night. Programmable thermostats like the ones Cox Homelife offers allow you to remotely turn the heat and air in your home up and down and on and off so that you have the perfect temperature while managing energy costs. SMART SEARCH ENTERTAINMENT. There are many options to watch TV and stream content online, and Cox’s Contour TV service brings smart search options, Netflix and YouTube Kids integration, a voice-controlled remote, and cool apps together into one service that is easy to navigate. Speak into the remote to find the programming you want to watch – use a famous movie quote (“Hasta la vista, baby” brings up “Terminator 2”), the title of a show, a genre, or the name of an actor. You can even say “free movies” and available
titles in the On Demand library will pop up. NEXT GENERATION INTERNET CONNECTION. Just as important as the smart home technology you select is the internet service you choose. To get the optimal experience from your smart home devices and technology, make sure you have the right internet speeds for your household. Cox Gigablast offers next generation gigabit internet speed (1 gigabit is equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second) and can connect dozens of smart devices in the home simultaneously with the fastest residential internet speeds around. When it comes to smart home technology, Cox offers a variety of internet speeds and services to fit the individual household need. Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at www.cox.com to determine which speed is right for your smart home.
New options for leg vein treatment in North County
hose bumpy, unsightly, painful veins in your legs can now be treated quickly and safely with non-surgical, office-based procedures at Oceana Vein Specialists in Oceanside. Gone are the days of out-dated, painful “vein stripping” procedures, Oceana Vein Specialists offer leading-edge minimally invasive treatment options. Oceana Vein Specialists, located in Oceanside, is a medical practice dedicated solely to the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. The experts at Oceana Vein Specialists perform the latDr. Adam Isadore, Owner and Medical Director of Oceana est and most effective Vein Specialists. Courtesy photo treatments for painful ever. and unsightly varicose al Radiologist. Dr. Isadore Dr. Adam Isadore, has dedicated his career to veins, spider veins and Owner and Medical Direc- vein care, ensuring optimal venous ulcers. With hightor of Oceana Vein Special- results and happy patients. ly trained staff and a new, cialstate-of-the-art ocean view ists are a b l e ists, is a fellowship trained “Early in my career I decidfacility, Oceana Vein Spe- to help more patients than Vascular and Intervention- ed to focus exclusively on
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OPEN MIC NIGHT
A free Open Mic Night, featuring local singer songwriters in performance, and hosted by Semisi Ma'u from the band Fula Bula, is held every Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. Tower 13, 2633 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff. For details, call (760) 580-0116.
BASICS OF DRAWING
the work of fused-glass JAN. 30 artist Crisinda Lyons, with CHAMBER MUSIC FEST “Whimsy and Sparkle” at The fifth annual Vilthe Encinitas Community International Center Gallery, 1140 Oak- la-Lobos Chamber Music Festival, crest Park Drive. featuring Beth Ross-Buckley on flute, Karl Pasch on ART OF CLAY clarinet and Lars Hoefs on “Five by Five x 73,” a cello will be held at noon clay and tile assemblage by Jan. 30, Encinitas Library, Kay Jaynes will be on dis- 540 Cornish Drive, Enciniplay through Jan. 24 at the tas. Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For more infor- JAN. 31 mation, call (760) 943-2260. CONSIDER THE WHEEL
Drawing Basics And Beyond class is being offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Adult 18+, $300. Visiting artist Allison Renshaw will lead students in a drawing course establishing basic drawing JAN. 28 skills and exploration of ART OF THE OCEAN JAN. 24 imaginative personal drawE101 Gallery presents ITALIAN FILM FEST ings. ocean artist Bre Custodio The Italian Film Festhrough Feb. 28 at 818 S. tival presents “Lasciati ‘WHIMSY & SPARKLE’ Coast Highway 101, Encinandare” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 Through Jan. 24, see itas. Visit brecustodio.com.
Lux Art Institute adult & youth classes in beginning wheel-throwing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 31 to March 21 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. For adult 18+. Cost is $420.
venous disease of the legs. Our mission at Oceana Vein Specialists is to offer the most advanced vein care available, to make your legs look and feel fantastic“ says Dr. Isadore. Some of the leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments that Oceana Vein Specialists provide include Endovenous Radiofrequency and Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins, VenaSeal Closure System, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, Spider Vein Sclerotherapy, VeinGogh Spider Vein Treatment and Compression Stocking Therapy. A common misconception is that vein procedures are not covered by insurance. In fact, most treatments for symptomatic varicose veins are covered by insurance, as long as certain requirements are met. Oceana Vein Specialists are experts in obtaining insurance pre-authorization and
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McIlroy to play Torrey Pines LA JOLLA — Rory McIlroy has committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open for the first time, organizers announced Jan. 15. M c I l roy was eighth on the Official World Golf Ranking released Sun- McIlroy day. He finished in a threeway tie for fourth in his most recent tournament, the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which concluded Jan. 6.
The 29-year-old from Northern Ireland is a 14time winner on the PGA Tour, including four majors. His most recent victory was in last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational. The field for the tournament to be played Jan. 24-27 at Torrey Pines Golf Course also includes Englishman Justin Rose, the world's topranked player, and sixthranked Xander Schauffele, a Scripps Ranch High and San Diego State alumnus. Tiger Woods has not committed to play. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. — City News Service
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Here and there in Grande amore for Buona Forchetta world of food, wine
taste of wine frank mangio
or those of you who are just joining our growing network of readers and viewers, every so often we sift through the in-box mails, texts and mail-ins for a number of eye-catching bits of wine and food information that I love to pass along but are too short for a feature. We call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here and There in the Wine & Food World.â&#x20AC;? Big dogs at Meritage
During the holiday season, Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas brought in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Dogâ&#x20AC;? wines from Napa for its regular Friday night wine soiree. Six beauties were opened and the conversation flew about the merits of such luminaries as Cakebread, Caymus, Lewis and my favorite, Hourglass Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ($195). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dark expression of black fruit, cassis and blackberry. The wine bar presents, every Friday, tastings from 6 to 8 p.m. as well as occasional classes and seminars with educator Michele Graber in a special cellar tasting room. Interested readers should visit meritagewinemarket.com.
Wine predictions for 2019
Wine Spectator sent us over a roundup of sommelier comments on wine trends and wines worth watching for, and wines to forget about. They answered: more bubbles, more New Zealand, more Napa Valley and better â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturalâ&#x20AC;? wine. More than a few wrote that there is an over supply of RosĂŠ. RosĂŠs, especially from California, are over-produced with just about every winery making at least one. (Sounds like what happened with Merlot!) Look for a RosĂŠ crash. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come too soon for me. Out-of-the-way smaller locations in Italy, like Puglia in the south, are on the rise, since travel to the land of pasta, pizza and wine has increased. Minimal intervention in wines are more important. It makes no sense to tamper with wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural flavors if the terroir, grapes and weather are the superior. More mature wines (aged) and more large bottle formats (magnums) are getting more popular as they become more affordable. Watch for nutrition information on wine labels, maybe not this year but they are coming. Spain and Portugal are ready to take off (similar to Italy,
big hike in tourism). Great small producers from Tuscany, making Chianti Classico, are getting better and better, (he must have read my columns of three weeks ago), especially with 100 percent Sangiovese. People are becoming more adventurous with their wine choices, as restaurants and wine bars are also getting out of their comfort zone. So there it is â&#x20AC;Ś the future of wine in 2019. Go try something new!
Classiest wine festivals
Dave Fraschetti is the lovable, big-grinned producer of two wine-only annual festivals: The Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival, held in the desert Saturday Feb. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. now in its second year; and the Vin Diego Wine & Food Festival at San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Waterfront Park from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday April 13, now in its seventh year. Dave had just left the corporate world and without prior experience, wanted to put on a wine show, some six years ago. He sat in my office, we drank wine and with his business sense and love of wine, I knew he could make it especially when he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to put on a wine-only show â&#x20AC;Ś no beer, whiskey, or other hard stuff allowed. Winemakers want it that way and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna get.â&#x20AC;? He has top chefs come in plus lots of music for both of the shows. In the desert, he has special pre-show dinners. For tickets, visit at ranchomiragewineandfoodfestival.com and Vindiego. com. Wine Bytes
â&#x20AC;˘ If Lincoln were alive he would approve! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North County Wine Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penny Wine sale, starting Fri. Jan. 25. Buy one bottle from a select list, and get the second bottle of the same wine for just a penny! From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, you can sample a select group of these wines for $10 per person. Mark your calendar. Visit northcountywinecompany.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Truluckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant in La Jolla is planning a Silver Oak Cellars wine dinner at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. The latest cabs from Napa Valley and Alexander Valley will be served along with a Merlot and a custom menu. Call (858) 453-2583 for pricing and details. â&#x20AC;˘ The new LaFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winery in San Marcos is now having live music in the Barrel Room with the Gerald Dukes group grooving on from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x20AC;˘ No cover charge. Wine, cheese and crackers are available. Call (760) 315-8053. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com
tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a pleasure as a writer when a column flows from my mind like conversation with a good friend. And even easier when that content is glowing and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to describe every little detail of a recent dining experience. The original Buona Forchetta in South Park has been on the San Diego foodie radar since 2013 and it was not uncommon for North County folks to make the drive down to sample their culinary delights. I had the pleasure of hosting owner Matteo Cattaneo on Lick the Plate on KPRI when they opened and remember his passion and energy for his endeavor. I also distinctly recall the fabulous meal and the almost universal level of shared enthusiasm from other guests. And while I was saddened to see the Bird House Grill close a few years back, when I noticed that Buona Forchetta was going to occupy that space it made the loss much easier to take. That seemed like a big tease though as it took almost two years to transform the space and get it open. It was well worth the wait though, but as evidenced by the full houses every night of the week (except Tuesday when they are closed) their loyal local fan base and new devotees are already on it. The new location at 250 N. Coast Highway 101 is intimate, just 1,100 square feet with a small side patio. In the kitchen, beyond a glass partition, sits the eateryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now-famous, gold-tiled pizza oven. Their authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza requires a special oven and this one is the same as their other locations made with materials capable of handling the high temperatures required to get that perfect crust. To keep their regular customers happy, they have kept the menu in line with the South Park location; all of the favorites are present, along with some additional seafood dishes. So for those of you who are unfamiliar with Buona Forchetta who may be skeptical about another woodfired Italian joint opening in an area crowded with them â&#x20AC;Ś well, this one is different. Besides the fact that I would be happy eating everything on the menu, (except Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not about to ask for their gluten-free pizza crust, that just seems wrong) there is a fun energy to the place. The staff is prompt and friendly and as I mentioned about my South Park experience, you can sense that
A GOLDEN wood-fired oven at Buona Forchetta in Encinitas, nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isabella,â&#x20AC;? was made in Naples, Italy, and withstands temperatures ranging from 700 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Courtesy photos
FRESH out of the oven at Buona Forchetta in Encinitas.
patrons are really enjoying their experience. We started with the Artichoke and Polpettine appetizers that worked very nicely together. Polpettine is a mini meatball known as somewhat of an Italian street food made of beef and pork, tomato sauce and Parmesan. They were both simple yet a very satisfying way to start the meal. For my entrĂŠe I went with a beautiful bone-in Veal Chop Milanese that was breadcrumb crusted and covered in greens. It was heavenly. My companion had the seafood risotto that was loaded with shrimp, clams and mussels and was perfect as well. I came back the next day to interview manager Giuseppe Annunziata for Lick the Plate on The Mighty 1090 and stuck around for a lunch of one of their delightful salads. The Rustica has mixed greens, prosciutto di parma, artichokes and gaeta olives and was one of those perfect salads that satisfies but does not weigh you down. Yes, Buona Forchetta is open for lunch as well and that might be your best time to give it a try without a wait as they only take reservations for tables of six or more. It should go without saying that the pizzas are the stars here and they have a lot of options to choose from. The pasta menu is set up so you pick your type of
pasta and a sauce to go with it along with the traditional ravioli, lasagna, risotto and gnocchi. There is a nice selection of wines by the glass and bottle along with a full
bar and some fun cocktails including my favorite the Italian Drop with Russian Standard, Limoncello and lemon juice. Dessert includes housemade Gelato, Tiramisu, Delizia Di Bosco, Cannoli, Chocolate Mouse and special surprises from Nonna when she is in the kitchen. So yeah, I really like this place and it will make my annual list of new favorites on the North County dining scene Buona Forchetta is located at 250 N. Coast Highway 101 and is open from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch and starting at 4:30 for dinner, every day except Tuesdays. More at www.buonaforchettanc.com
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he 30-foot-tall, 438-pound Gemini Giant statue in Wilmington, Illi-
nois. Bonnie and Clyde’s garage hideout in Joplin, Missouri. Eight rusty Cadillacs, half-buried, nose down, in a cow pasture near Amarillo, Texas. Zozobra, the 50-foot marionette in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A memorial to the dog Toto from the film “Wizard of Oz” in Santa Monica. What do all these things have in common? You can find every one somewhere along the 2,448 miles of Route 66, the Chicago-to-Santa Monica historic highway that has spawned hopes and dreams in the American psyche for more than nine decades. And who among us hasn’t fantasized about driving the length of the Mother Road, stopping to see all of its whacky, wellknown and wonderful sites,
cities and attractions? Route 66 has long been the symbol of freedom and the open road, so much so that it’s been memorialized in books, song and t e l e vision. But actually traveling America’s first highway these days is a bit of a challenge. That’s because the original road appears and disappears as it crosses America. And unless you have an infinite amount of time, you’ll have to make some choices about what to see. Thank goodness for Amy Bizzarri, a freelance writer based in Chicago, who has done the work for us. Her newly published “The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road” is a 281-page, softcover collection of “the 100 iconic stops that you cannot miss.” The book contains a photo of nearly every one, a summary of their importance, directions for finding them and a useful index.
T he R ancho S anta F e News Bizzarri also has mapped out eight themed itineraries – Route 66 for those with special interests like Native American history, Hollywood lore, natural wonders, the supernatural and more. When researching Route 66 for a road trip, Bizzarri found that “all of the other guides featured thousands of stops. It was difficult for me to sift through all of them, so I decided to make my own book. My book pares down (the choices) for people who have only two to three weeks to travel the route.” Yes, Bizzarri did drive the entire route — with her two children — and did check out every one of the stops listed in the book – and a few more. “I actually did the Illinois stops first over a few weekends because I live in Chicago,” she explained. “When we set off on the main trip, we went directly to St. Louis. If you stop at all 100 stops, I would say that it would take three weeks minimum.” Today Route 66 is a tourist attraction but its origin was purely practical. A couple of Midwest
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businessmen championed the idea of a Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway in 1925. After several proposed routes and some political wrangling, the final US 66 (because it’s an easy number to remember) did follow, mostly, the original plan. US 66 became a symbol, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, as a way out of the misery and poverty of the Dust Bowl. During that decade, 2.5 million Americans migrated westward, even though the road was not completely paved until 1938. Many of these migrants settled in California where some eventually found a better life.
“Route 66 wasn’t built to be a tourist destination,” Bizzarri said. “It was built for traveling west. It supported the economies of small towns through which it passed. They became prosperous because of the highway.” And they remained so until the interstate highway system bypassed them. Route 66 was officially decommissioned in 1984 when the last section of the interstate system was complete. It is now Historic Route 66, and because interest and nostalgia have grown, there is a bi-partisan bill working its way through Congress to designate the Mother Road a National
Historic Trail. “I’m hoping more families will discover Route 66,” Bizzarri said. “It’s truly unique … an iconic road that will provide road trips to remember.” If you’re lucky enough to drive the Mother Road from end to end, join the Route 66 Selfie Challenge. Take a selfie at each of the 100 stops featured in the book and tag your posts #Route66Top100 and #SelfieChallenge. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash. Share your adventures; email email@example.com.
CADILLAC RANCH, an “unofficial tribute to the golden age of the automobile,” can be found in a cow pasture 10 miles southwest of Amarillo, Texas. Photo by DiAnn L’Roy
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The Impact of Green Spaces on Learning and Development By Dr. Stuart Grauer I arrived in San Diego in the 1980s and soon began touring all the local campuses. One of my favorite campuses in San Diego was an independent school with well-aged, soulful buildings all surrounding a quad of green. There were tall native trees, coastal sage, and some gently rolling land. Years later, I returned and was crestfallen. Gone was anything green. The entire quad had been replaced by a huge, square, tall building which appeared largely as office space. The edges of the campus were concrete and asphalt. Even the football field was artificial turf. Plastic grass. It looked to me as though the only greenery was in pots and planters. Nothing was growing out of the ground. Nothing was native. There was hardly a place for kids to gather outdoors except in organized, rule-bound, or coached activities. I’m certain the school developers on this campus were well intentioned. Surely they believed that success meant more students, more programs, more facilities, more more more. School developers (who are often not teachers) have confused “more” with “learning,” “more” with “success,” and of course
“more” with “status.” Since that time, I have seen campuses steadily paving over their green spaces and steadily equating success with making the schools bigger. Of course, once a campus becomes over-developed a new generation almost always comes in and wishes they could develop the greenery. But by then, they can’t because they have surrounded themselves with neediness and cinderblock. They need to boost enrollment, which becomes an end in and of itself. A green campus is not just a matter of having a pretty place. Natural, green environments for kids to wander have a profound impact on learning and all human development. Learning in outdoor spaces has a positive impact on nearly all areas of child development. Study after study shows that a natural environment advances not only life science and arts education (as is obvious), it advances happiness and socialization. One such study is called, “Effects of Outdoor Education Programs for Children in California” (American Institutes for Research, January 2005), but there are many studies to pick from.
In another experiment, researchers elevated CO2 levels to simulate the loss of greenery, and student cognitive scores dropped dramatically. Participants in green conditions averaged 61% higher scores in cognitive testing. There are many positive psychological impacts of working in green spaces, as well. There is less aggression and even less eye-strain! It is of course wonderful to hear how the impacts of outdoor learning have come under increasing study. Meanwhile, I try not to be discouraged by this wonder. Do we really need big data to prove we belong in the natural world? Over one-third of the Grauer campus is native habitat, which we have permanently protected in a State and Federal wildlife easement, and it’s unspoiled. If you haven’t wandered the trails in our native habitat, now is a great time. Our habitat and wildlife corridor is a special part of our campus and you can see it during a Discover Grauer Day tour on 11/29, 1/10, 1/16, 1/25, or 2/8. Visit grauerschool.com to RSVP today. This is an excerpt from Dr. Stuart Grauer’s blog. You can find the full original article at www.grauerschool.
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THATABABY by Paul Trap
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Look over your options. Don’t feel you must make a move if you aren’t ready. Watch what others do and learn to trust your instincts. Be a leader, not a follower, regardless of the temptations to go along with someone else’s plan. Recognize your limitations and strengths, and take charge.
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February 2017. The bill had near universal support in Sacramento, passing through both the State Assembly and State Senate with sweeping majorities. State lawmakers gave retail pet stores a year to comply with the new law before enforcement began on Jan. 1. The bill had the backing of nearly every animal welfare group statewide, including a strong contingent in North County that had worked for years to pass similar ordinances in cities throughout the county, including in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos. Those groups celebrated the beginning of enforcement, but urged vigilance on behalf of the public. “NOAH Co-founder Leslie Davies and I are elated that the day has finally arrived,” said Andrea Cunningham, co-founder of the organization Not One Animal Harmed, which actively
lobbied for the bill’s passage. “We are proud of the part NOAH played in helping the bill’s sole sponsor, Judie Mancuso of Social Compassion In Legislation, achieve the passing of this historic legislation. “Now it will be a matter of enforcement, and these stores are already on Humane Law Enforcement’s radar,” Cunningham said. “It’s important for the public to be aware that just because the law is now in effect, the problem hasn’t necessarily disappeared. Especially in these early days, we really need to hold these stores’ feet to the fire. If you see something that’s not right, please report it to Humane Law Enforcement immediately.” The bill, though widely supported in the legislature, was not without opponents. These opponents of the bill — including the American Kennel Club, the California Retailers Association, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and one prominent San Diego County pet store owner — argued that the bill strips consumers of the right to choose where they purchase their animals. A call to David Salinas, who owns several pet stores in San Diego County and lobbied against the bill, was not returned at the time of publication. Salinas had been the most vocal opponent of local efforts to pass ordinances in San Marcos and in Oceanside, where he previously had stores, but shut them down following the passage of the ordinances. He hired a lobbyist to fight the bill.
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Rescue pup thriving with three legs RANCHO SANTA FE — With an everlasting enthusiastic pep in his step and lots of tail wags, a 7-month old shepherd-blend pup, rescued from an extreme hoarding situation, is on his way to finding a new forever home at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Champion, named after the lovable three-legged dog on the hit show “Parks and Recreation,” arrived at the center in November after staff received an urgent call from a rescue partner in Arizona. The group had rescued Champion and 50 other animals from a hoarder’s home in northwestern Arizona. Champion, just 6 months old at the time, was barely receiving the nutrition and care he needed and walked with an exaggerated limp, unable to put weight on his front right leg. It was clear he would need further medical attention, so the rescue group placed a call to Helen Wood-
CHAMPION was rescued from a hoarder’s home in Arizona, but not in time to save one of his legs that had been untreated after an injury. Courtesy photo
ward Animal Center. A transport to San Diego was quickly set up for Champion and other hoarded rescue animals. When medical staff examined Champion’s leg, they found it was severely broken in two
places including his knee joint. The X-ray revealed his injury happened months ago and went untreated. It was so bad, arthritis was already settling in. Medical staff made the difficult decision to remove
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Simba is on a quest to find his forever family. He’s a loyal, smart, and loving, 8-pound, 7-month-old kitty. His dark, smoky coat makes him look like the king he is, mane and all. He loves relaxing in comfy arms and giving lots of cuddles. He can’t wait to meet
You Can Prevent Falls! By Michelle Class
Among people age 65+, falls are the leading cause of injury death. One in three seniors fall every year. The leading cause of falling is lack of activity; decreased muscle, decreased flexibility, poor nutrition, medications, and home hazards. Muscle strength decreases 17-41% per decade after age 40. Not to worry, there is a lot you can do to prevent falls. Most importantly, exercise can reduce your risk of falling by improving strength, balance, flexibility, and bone mass. I asked senior in-home trainer Rachael Stoltz, a leader in senior health and author of the book Your Past Is Not Your Future, what types of workouts are right for fall prevention. Stoltz answered, “The key to fall prevention is building lean muscle. Developing lean muscle decreases joint pain, builds bone density, and decreases injuries. Lean muscle gives you better balance, builds strength, and burns fat at rest. For me it’s not just about strength training, it’s a combination of weight training, balance training, nutritional counseling, foam rolling, stretching, and reviewing home safety check-lists for fall prevention. It’s important to learn the right way to stand, sit, and get off the floor. Anyone can be strong, feel safe, and maintain their independence.” Rachael Stoltz has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. I asked Stoltz’s longtime client about his experience with fall prevention. Roger Beale said, “I’m 83 years old. I had been training with Rachael for a while to gain strength and balance. I tripped and fell and caught myself in a push up position. I jumped my legs in and stood up! Rachael has changed my lifeshe’s given me confidence in my abilities so that I can keep my independence.” Concierge Personal Training is a business founded by San Diegan Rachael Stoltz.
you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $88. All pets adopted from HWAC are vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday-Wednes-
day, 1-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit animalcenter. org.
Champion’s leg, finally relieving him of his pain. They knew with time and rehabilitation, this playful pup would not even know it’s missing. Center veterinarians called Champion a fighter during his three-hour surgery to remove his leg on Dec. 6. He began rehabilitation straight away at a loving foster home. There, he got star treatment while learning to do all the normal doggie things without one leg. His foster mom reported, “his confidence is growing each day. He will do great with a family that can be around to show him lots of encouragement, love and affection as these are truly his greatest desires.” Receiving his final medical clearance from center veterinarians, Champion is officially available for adoption. For more information about adoptions at Helen Woodward Animal Center, visit animalcenter.org.
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FASHION MODEL Cristina Ferrare strikes a relaxed yoga pose in a 1982 advertisement for the Golden Door spa retreat in San Marcos. Courtesy photo/ Golden Door
Still a ‘GOLDEN’ HAVEN Luxurious San Marcos spa remains destination for rich and famous
Special to The Coast News
SAN MARCOS — Golden Door: even its name invokes luxurious feelings, but why wouldn’t it? For six decades it has been a hidden jewel in San Marcos where the rich and famous go to get pampered, lose weight and find solace. Celebrities who have walked through its hallowed entrance include Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Burt Lancaster and more recent visitors include Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand. Founded in 1958 by Deborah Szekely and her then-husband, Edmond, Golden Door initially accommodated just 12 guests as an upscale alternative to Rancho La Puerta, often
referred to as the “health camp” the Szekelys opened in 1940 in Tecate, Mexico. Today it’s lavish entry — golden copper-and-brass doors hammered with an intricate “tree of life” design — continues to welcome those who can afford to stay here at more than $9,500. Yes, this storied spa, located on Deer Springs Road and considered to be the first of its kind in the U.S., aims to rejuvenate those who enter. Early beginnings
Angeles. And she did. The first location was where Interstate 15 is now; it was a small motel with 12 rooms. In 1968, she purchased 125 acres at the Deer Springs Road location. She went with architect Robert Mosher to Japan where they were inspired by the old traditional “honjin” inns designed to welcome weary travelers. Some of her guests loaned her money since no large bank would finance her. A smaller bank in Escondido did take the chance, and in 1973 she started to build. Golden Door opened in July 1973 bigger and better than its early beginnings.
When movie stars make a request, it’s apparently answered. While operating Rancho La Puerta, Szekely was asked by her Hollywood celebrity clientele to create a smaller, more exclusive Hollywood elite Leaving Hollywood’s retreat for them nearer Los material-centric world behind, luminaries have headed to Golden Door to rekindle their glow beyond the spotlight. Grande dames luxuriate in the riches of Mother Earth while royalty re-gild their spirits. Chief executives and heads of states herald their inner warriors, as do wives of the Fortune 500. Yet there are no status updates here; it’s all about relaxing, restoring and refreshing. Golden Door is a way of life — the best individual balance of healthy mind, body and spirit, it says. It’s easy to see why, since guests are greeted by the pure vitality of nature and the music of water flowing over rock cascades into quiet ponds, the soothing simplicities of an ancient labyrinth, the Japanese honjin inn design and a crisp cotton “yukata” robe as evening wear. The salubrious pleasures of bathhouse rituals, sunset hikes, moon-watching all offer a welcome return to quieter, “unplugged” times. Harmony abounds
Its 600 acres of lands and gardens uphold ecologiACTRESS JILL ST. JOHN takes part in a yoga class at the San cal harmony through bio-inMarcos spa. Courtesy photo/Golden Door tensive agricultural meth-
ods that harken back to the 1920s. Pest control methods are natural; plantings are in sync with the cycles of the local ecosystem. Experiential garden tours guide guests through the multi-sensory symphony of the pastoral landscape — blooming with vibrant colors, authentic flavors and heady aromas such as tension-dispelling lavender and mood-boosting lemon verbena. A small flock of chickens raised on site deliver
Sixty acres of citrus groves are now officially certified as organic and a recently transplanted olive orchard boasts more than 250 trees bearing Italian varietal olives soon to be sustainably harvested and pressed to create a collection of fine gourmet olive oils. Size matters
At Golden Door size doesn’t matter in fact, it believes “small is beautiful.” Amongst globally renowned wellness resorts, Golden
“There’s a tranquility that defines the Golden Door experience; a guest room becomes a personal sanctuary,” Hagan has said. “Subtle splashes of color and a sophisticated range of materials, evocative of the spa’s iconic past, have renewed the spirit of understated elegance for which the Golden Door is celebrated.” Healthy eating
Don’t forget about the cuisine: Szekely strongly believed that regular exercise and nutritious food were essential to a healthy life and focused her programs on active and passive exercise, including meditation and yoga. Meals were low in fat and nothing was fried. Most of the meals were soups, salads and chicken. Later, fish was put on the menu. Most of the vegetables and fruits served were grown here as they are today. Golden Door was the first to offer garden-to-table cuisine. New owners
In 1998, Golden Door was sold to Patriot American, and Szekely and her son, Alex, remained active as consultants until Alex was diagnosed with melanoma and died in 2002. The Door was then taken over by Wyndham Hotels who sold it to The Blackstone Group, which later sold it to Joanne Conway. In 2012, 22-time guest Conway, wife of billionaire philanthropist Bill Conway, purchased Golden Door for a reported $24.8 million. The new management,
ACTRESS CYBILL SHEPHERD poses for a photo in a sand and rock garden located on the grounds of the San Marcos’ retreat. Courtesy photo/Golden Door
the pleasure of farm-fresh eggs. Five culinary, floral and herb gardens and a 3,000-square-foot computerized greenhouse cultivate a diverse crop of rare heirloom fruits, vegetables and plants, including more than 20 types of culinary herbs and 50 varieties of tomatoes. Renewal of the age-old tradition of heirloom seed saving supports the preservation of a genetically diverse and safe food supply, it reports. Guests are surrounded by tea gardens, herb gardens, avocado orchards, sand gardens and those exquisite original, harmoniously disciplined Japanese gardens.
Door remains singular. It offers an experience to just 40 guests each week that is exclusive and highly personalized. Over the years it has been renovated with the help of some heavy hitters like New York-based interior designer Victoria Hagan who refreshed the signature Asian decor of the 40 guest rooms, the dining room, reception lobby, bathhouse spa, guest lounges and yoga gyms. The outside comes inside through a mix of natural textures such as wood, bamboo, Japanese papers and grasses. Polished lacquered surfaces contrast with the humble matte finish of traditional shoji screens.
led by Chief Operating Officer Kathy Van Ness, added upgrades including makeovers for the 40 guest rooms and the lobby, as well as new programs and products. Today the Golden Door experience continues to empower each guest to achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit. Visitors relax, restore and refresh on a journey focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition programs, thoughtfully designed to meet the specific goals and needs of each. And of course, Golden Door continues to be the place where celebrities, the elite, and the glitterati pay homage when it’s time to be taken care of — from head to foot.
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